Giovanni Carnevali has told Radio 24, via TuttoMercatoWEB, that he is sorry but happy no club offered Sassuolo suitable terms to sell Arsenal and Liverpool target Domenico Berardi.
The Neroverdi fended off fierce interest in the Italian this summer after he helped Roberto Mancini’s side win Euro 2020. Berardi offered two assists in six games at the tournament, following a magnificent Serie A season last term.
Berardi scored 17 goals and eight assists in 30 appearances, but wanted to leave the Mapei Stadium after 2020/21. TuttoMercatoWEB noted he asked to leave the Emilia-Romagna outfit upon returning from the European Championship this summer.
Sassuolo were only ready to sell Berardi, who reports linked Liverpool and Arsenal with, for €40m (£34m), per Calciomercato. The Gunners initially began exploring the 27-year-old’s situation during the Euros, Gazzetta dello Sport reported. While Corriere dello Sport noted the winger’s agent was aware of the Reds’ interest, among several interested English sides.
Ultimately, no side proved willing to pay the Neroverdi’s valuation to sign Berardi, who has three-years remaining on his contract. The Sassuolo captain staying thrilled Chairman Carnevali, after refusing to accept compromised agreements.
“Win a European, you compare yourself with champions, you can have the idea of change,” Carnevali said. “We were willing to evaluate how it was done with [Manuel] Locatelli, but there must be the right conditions for everyone and with him, there were not.
“We are sorry, but also happy that he is staying with us. For us, he is the most important player. He has grown with us in all respects, he has great quality and from a human and character point of view, he is crucial in a team like ours.”
Should Arsenal or Liverpool have signed Sassuolo forward Berardi?
Neither Arsenal nor Liverpool ultimately strengthened their wide forward options, despite considering moves to sign Sassuolo star Berardi this summer. Jurgen Klopp will now rely on his proven unit of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino providing at Anfield.
Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, may feel less at ease with his options, after the Gunners’ woeful start to the season. The Emirates Stadium outfit are yet to score after three defeats in as many Premier League games.
Nicolas Pepe, particularly, has yet rediscovered the form he displayed last season. The 25-year-old ended the term as Arsenal’s second-top-scorer behind Alexandre Lacazette with 10 in 29 games. Arteta would have hoped that sparked a better overall return this campaign, after only assisting once in 2020/21.