The Domenico Berardi rumors aren't new around these parts. Juventus have been admirers of the young striker for quite a bit of time and were expected to make a move — or officially sign — for the talented 19-year-old sooner rather than later. Now it looks like Beppe Marotta can add another young attacker to his crop of attacking players that he has acquired the past couple of summer transfer windows.
The news was in the air for awhile. Now confirmations have arrived. Juventus has acquired half of the rights to Domenico Berardi, they will leave the player at Sassuolo on loan this season. Since 2011, he scored 11 goals in 37 matches.
And if you needed any more confirmation, here's Claudio Zuliani chiming in on the Twitter machine.
Metà Berardi alla Juve e metà Marrone al Sassuolo : buon campionato in Emilia a LuKe Brown— Claudio Zuliani (@ClaudioZuliani) September 2, 2013
Berardi's move (even though he is staying right where he is this season) is basically tied to Luca Marrone's move to Sassuolo — also on a co-ownership basis — which is expected to be completed at some point on Monday. Berardi will certainly get to team up with another Juventus-owned striker, 22-year-old Italian Simone Zaza, in Sassuolo's attack.
And the benefit with having both Marrone and Berardi — and Zaza for that matter — at Sassuolo this season is that they will get a ton of playing time for a team that has a good mix of talented youngsters and experienced players in Serie A.