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OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL: Juventus renew Domenico Berardi, Luca Marrone co-ownership; Simone Zaza bought outright by Sassuolo

Claudio Villa

Remember a few weeks back when Domenico Berardi said he was going to be staying at Sassuolo next season?

Well, he wasn't kidding around. Kids these days...

From Juventus' official website:

Juventus Football Club S.p.A. announced that it has finalised an agreement with U.S. Sassuolo Calcio S.r.l. for the termination in favour of Sassuolo of the current player sharing agreement (pursuant to art. 102 bis N.O.I.F.) concerning the registration rights of the player Simone Zaza for a consideration of € 7.5 million to be paid in three years. The economic effect is positive for about € 5.4 million.

Furthermore, Juventus and Sassuolo renewed up to 30 June 2015 the current player sharing agreements regarding the registration rights of the players Luca Marrone and Domenico Berardi.

The reports of Berardi saying 'Yes' or 'No' to Juventus turned out to be the latter — just as he hinted a few weeks back. As much as Antonio Conte supposedly wanted Berardi in a Juve jersey next season, either Sassuolo a) didn't want to give him up whatsoever or b) the price to bring him to Turin was just more than Juve felt was too much.

Or maybe it was something we haven't heard about yet. I'm sure the Italian press will be happy to speculate about things on our behalf. It wouldn't be the first time they did.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus have a buyback option on Zaza for a reported €15 million, who scored nine goals in 33 games a season ago. Zaza, who will turn 23 years old next week, was rumored to have been the eye of new Udinese manager Andrea Stramaccioni and might be part of the talked about deal to bring winger Roberto Pereyra to Turin this summer.

So much for that. And so much for Domenico Berardi wearing black and white stripes next season.