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'He's a great talent': Paratici raves about £43m attacker after claims Tottenham want to sign him

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Tottenham Hotspur’s new sporting director Fabio Paratici has hailed Domenico Berardi on Gianluca Di Marzio, after rumours that he wants to sign him for Spurs.

Tottenham have been heavily linked with Berardi in Italy, with Gazetta Dello Sport claiming that Spurs made an approach to Sassuolo just two weeks ago.

Paratici has now done little to silence those rumours, as he has admitted that he was once very close to signing him when at his old club, Juventus.

And the Tottenham chief says that he is delighted to see Berardi performing on the international stage with Italy.

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“Berardi was very close to Juventus, but I am happy for him because we have been in contact for three years,” Paratici said.

“We started dealing with him after a few games, he’s a great talent and it would have been a shame not to be able to show him internationally. I am happy for him.

“We have always been very convinced of him, a guy with great quality and above all a crazy character. His main gift is his tenacity and the desire to improve every day.”

Transfer on?

If Berardi was to arrive at Tottenham then he may provide another option on the right flank.

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With Gareth Bale’s chances of returning to Spurs seemingly decreasing by the day, there does appear to be a slot available in Tottenham’s squad for a new winger to arrive.

While Steven Bergwijn and Erik Lamela are both options to start in the position, Berardi may be an upgrade on either.

He scored 17 goals in 30 Serie A matches last term to prove his finishing ability.

The problem for Tottenham would lie in his price tag, with his agent previously suggesting that it would cost £43 million to prise him away from Sassuolo (Gazetta).

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