One of Italy's most talented teenagers is headed to Turin — but not right away.
Nineteen-year-old Sassuolo striker Domenico Berardi has officially been signed by Juventus on a co-ownership deal, the club announced on Monday. The move became official shortly after it was reported as being completed by a number of outlets in Italy.The official word courtesy of Juventus.com:
Juventus Football Club and U.S. Sassuolo Calcio have today reached an agreement on two transfer deals concerning Luca Marrone and Domenico Berardi.
Juventus have completed the co-ownership signing of Berardi, with the 19-year-old striker to remain on loan in Emilia throughout the 2013/14 campaign.
The deal to acquire half of Berardi's registration rights is basically in the same fashion as that of Luca Marrone's move to Sassuolo, which was obviously announced as the same time as the young striker's transaction. And as said above, Berardi will spend the next season on loan with Sassuolo, a place where he scored 11 goals in 37 matches last season in Serie B. Berardi and fellow Juventus-owned striker Simone Zaza — who is co-owned with Sampdoria and at Sassuolo on loan — will almost certainly get a lot of the playing time up top for Sassuolo as they look to remain in Italy's top flight for more than just one season.