Sassuolo chief executive, Giovanni Carnevali, has stated that the Serie A club will try to hold on to rumoured Tottenham target Domenico Berardi but admitted that it would prove difficult. 

Berardi, who has been a consistent performer for Sassuolo over the years, has now established himself as an important part of Roberto Mancini’s Italy set-up, registering two assists in the Azzurri’s European Championship campaign so far.

Gazzetta dello Sport reported two weeks ago that Spurs, Leicester and Liverpool were all eyeing a move for the 26-year-old, who was said to be valued at €50m (£43m).

Corriere dello Sport then revealed last week (as relayed by Inside Futbol) that Sassuolo were willing to cash in on the winger, who netted 17 goals and registered 8 assists in the Serie A last season

However, Carnevali has now rejected that claim, insisting that Berardi remains a key part of the Sassuolo set-up both on and off the pitch.

When asked about the speculation linking the Italian international with a move away from the club, he told Radio 24 (as relayed by Goal): “Berardi is our symbol, we have a deep bond with him.

“He is doing extraordinary things. He has shown his values and the decisions over the years where he gave up on big clubs were not bad choices.

“We hope to keep him. It is not easy to do, even with him.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

The fact that we are being linked with wingers/wide-forwards like Berardi and Insigne does suggest that the club do not expect to re-sign Bale back for next season. I also would not be surprised to see the club cash in on two out of Moura, Bergwijn and Lamela.

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