Chelsea have enquired into signing Sassuolo and Italy forward Domenico Berardi, according to reports in Italy.
The 26-year-old impressed for his country at Euro 2020, claiming two assists in the group stages on the Azzurri’s way to winning the tournament after beating England in the final on penalties.
The forward has played his entire club career at Sassuolo since his first-team debut in 2012, having famously turned down a move to Juventus despite being co-owned by the Serie A giants between 2013 and 2015.
But Sportitalia claim that the Blues have made enquiries into Berardi’s availability, while adding Borussia Dortmund and West Ham are also tracking the Italy star.
Reports last week claimed the Stamford Bridge outfit had failed with an £85million bid to sign Federico Chiesa with Juventus unwilling to open talks over the winger they had signed only last summer.
But the latest reports out of Italy now claim the Champions League winners have switched their focus to Chiesa’s international team-mate Berardi, who has two years remaining on his Sassuolo contract.
Berardi scored 17 goals and laid on a further eight assists in 30 Serie A appearances for Sassuolo last season.
Serie A sides AC Milan, Lazio and Fiorentina have also shown an interest in Berardi, but reports suggest he is more likely to leave his home country should he depart this summer.