AC Milan and Fiorentina are currently unwilling to pay Sassuolo their asking price in full to sign rumoured Arsenal and Liverpool target Domenico Berardi, according to Calciomercato.

Sassuolo face a difficult final week of the transfer window as Berardi continues to push for a move away from the Mapei Stadium. The Italian has asked the Neroverdi to let him take on a new challenge, but no suitable bids have yet arrived at the offices in Emilia-Romagna.

Milan and Fiorentina would lead the race for the 27-year-old after showing strong interest in his services. But neither the Rossoneri nor La Viola are prepared to pay Sassuolo €40m (£34m) ahead of the August 31 deadline. A figure the Neroverdi deem his minimum value.

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Arsenal and Liverpool have also courted deals to sign Berardi this summer. Gazzetta dello Sport have reported that Mikel Arteta’s Gunners expressed their interest in the Sassuolo captain. While Corriere dello Sport note the winger’s agent knows Liverpool also want him.

Recent reports by Tuttosport, however, claimed AC Milan were considering a potential loan to buy deal to sign Berardi. But Calciomercato’s update would suggest Sassuolo have no interest in letting the Euro 2020 winner leave the Mapei Stadium in any temporary deal.


Neroverdi Chairman Giovanni Carnevali has also told 90min that Sassuolo are yet to receive any satisfactory offers for the forward. He said: “[Berardi] asked to leave but to date no proposals have arrived, and time is running out. Domenico is an exceptional professional and, as happened with others, he will get back on track.”

Should Arsenal or Liverpool pay Sassuolo £34m to sign Berardi?

Arsenal’s start to the season, more so than Liverpool’s, could see Arteta now move to pay Sassuolo £34m for Berardi. The Gunners have started the season with two underwhelming defeats and are yet to score, while Liverpool are joint-first.

Milan and Fiorentina’s refusal to pay Sassuolo’s valuation would also strengthen Arsenal’s position in any race to sign Berardi. He could unlock the missing edge to the Gunners’ frontline, which severely lacked an end product against Brentford and Chelsea.

Berardi offered 17 goals and eight assists in the Serie A last season. He also drives play up the pitch more than Arteta saw from his squad over the opening two weeks of the Premier League season. A trend the Spaniard must address to help turn the tide in north London

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