The Mirror report that Chelsea are hoping to seal a £20million agreement for the transfer of Sassuolo striker Domenico Berardi, but could face a real challenge in that Juventus hold a £15million buy-back clause after selling the 22-year-old to their Serie A competitors for £8 million.
Since making his debut for the club in 2012, the Italy under 21 international has scored 58 goals in 154 appearances and was once called up by Antonio Conte to the senior Italian national team before being forced to withdraw from the squad through injury. Now, Berardi could be a second choice behind Romelu Lukaku or Alvaro Morata this summer.
After Monday night’s win over Middlesbrough, manager Conte was proud of his team and praised them post-match after a 3-0 victory as he told the club website, reserving praise for one player in particular:
“It was a big win at this stage of the season. It’s great… I must be honest, and I must be pleased for the performance, the commitment, the desire and the will of my players on the pitch. It’s great to score three goals, to create many chances and also to keep another clean sheet.
“I’m satisfied… Cesc is one of the best examples of our season. This season he didn’t play a lot at the start. Then, through hard work, he improved a lot and now he is playing in every game… I think Cesc is showing he is a fantastic player and I’m pleased for him.”
Fabregas picked up the man of the match display with two assists as Diego Costa, Marcos Alonso and Nemanja Matic on the scoresheet as the Blues secured a crucial three points to aid their race to the league title.
With Chelsea now just one win away from getting their hands on the Premier League title, Antonio Conte has revealed that he does expect to strengthen his squad in the summer after revealing in a press conference, as quoted by Metro:
“Don’t forget that Tottenham dropped out of the Champions League at the first group stage, and then dropped out in the first round of the Europa League (knock-out stage). If you consider the amount of our games and their games, there is a difference of what, eight games?
“But if you consider the squads, the numbers in each squad, you can see the difference: one team prepared to play the Champions League with 25 or 26 players, and another who prepared to play the League, the FA Cup and the League Cup. Do we need more players? Yes for sure.”
After a superb debut season, Roman Abramovich is likely to back the Italian with whatever funds he needs to strengthen the squad ahead of an assault on Europe as the Blues look to win the Champions League for the second time and defend their Premier League title.
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