Jeremie Boga and Domenico Berardi have asked to leave Sassuolo amid interest from Premier League giants Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United, chief executive Giovanni Carnevali has told 90Min, via Sassuolo News.
It has been a summer of change at the Mapei Stadium.
After two successive eighth-place finishes, the Italian overachievers won’t have it easy as they look to force their way into European contention once more. Especially after star midfielder Manuel Locatelli followed influential head coach Roberto De Zerbi out the door.
With just a week remaining in the transfer window, it seems as though Berardi and Boga are both getting itchy feet too.
Leeds eye Boga while Berardi has admirers at Liverpool and Spurs
Berardi, a left-footed right-winger in the Riyad Mahrez mould who followed the greatest season of his career with a starring role in Italy’s Euro 2020 triumph, has been linked with Leicester City and Liverpool.
Tottenham are reported to be keen too. Sporting director Fabio Paratici formerly described the one-time Juventus target as a “great talent”.
“I don’t know (what the future holds). For the moment, he is with us and will probably still stay in Sassuolo,” Carnevali says of Berardi, the so-called ‘Totti of Sassuolo’, who’s valued at a minimum £30 million.
“Some time ago, he 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.”
According to the Daily Mail in July, another fleet-footed winger, Boga, has admirers in the Premier League too, with Leeds United, Everton and Crystal Palace keen on a man who’s been labelled a “better dribbler than Sadio Mane”.
“Just like Locatelli and Berardi, Boga also asked us to try other experiences,” Carnevali adds.
“We listened to him and the agents – but no concrete offers have arrived.”