Chelsea were linked with a host of transfer targets in the summer window, including Sassuolo attacker and Italy star Domenico Berardi.
Blues manager Thomas Tuchel did manage to sign centre-forward Romelu Lukaku, along with Saul Niguez (loan) and Marcus Bettinelli in the summer. However, supporters may feel they missed out on some big names.
It’s been over a month since the window shut on 31 August, so it’s interesting to see how Chelsea targets are faring away from Stamford Bridge.
Domenico Berardi impressing in Italy
Alfredo Pedulla reported in July that Chelsea were keen on a deal for Berardi. Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund and West Ham all reportedly made enquiries for the £35million-rated player.
Despite the speculation, Berardi remained with Italian Serie A club Sassuolo beyond the window.
The 27-year-old winger is someone who’s regularly in the gossip pages each window. Therefore, it was no surprise to see him linked with the Premier League after helping Italy to win the Euro 2020 competition in the summer.
His good form has spilled over into the new season with an impressive start at club level.
Berardi has been on fire with three goals in five Serie A games this season, scoring in each of the three fixtures before the current international break. It would have been more if he had not been injured in the opening couple of weeks of this campaign, though.
Should Berardi ditch loyalty to Sassuolo?
Of course, Berardi has the individual talent to easily play for a Champions League club.
He’s a left-footed winger that loves to cut infield from the right and he’s a real eye-catching player when he represents Italy.
The wide man has 108 goals in 296 appearances for Sassuolo, who have recorded back-to-back eight-placed league finishes in the last two years.
Perhaps Chelsea made the right decision not signing him in the summer, but he could definitely fit as a Hakim Ziyech replacement if the Moroccan doesn’t improve in his second year. Hopefully, Blues winger Ziyech can recapture his Ajax form at Stamford Bridge.
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