Italy Under-21 striker Domenico Berardi has sealed his move to Sassuolo for €10 million, Juventus have confirmed, though the player’s co-ownership being cut has not ended his long-term ties to the club.
The Scudetto holders are reported to have allowed the 20-year-old to spend at least the next 12 months away from Turin, retaining a buyback option that is rumoured to be €18m.
Massimiliano Allegri is believed to want Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala, Alvaro Morata and Simone Zaza – who is expected to be bought from Sassuolo in the coming weeks – as four of his five forwards, with Berardi to be brought in next season and potentially room for one more face in 2015-16.
Meanwhile, Carlos Tevez has agreed to return to boyhood club Boca Juniors, Fernando Llorente is up for sale and Alessandro Matri’s loan has ended seeing him return to AC Milan.
This has permitted Sassuolo to redeem the remainder of the striker’s rights this summer for €10m, which will be payable over four years, as they look to build on 2014-15’s 12th-placed finish in Serie A.
“Juventus have reached an agreement with Sassuolo for the termination of Domenico Berardi’s co-ownership deal between the two clubs,” the Bianconeri confirmed on their official website.
“Sassuolo will now own the player’s full registration rights.”
The deadline for co-ownership deals in Italian football to be resolved is on Thursday at 19:00CET, meaning Berardi’s is one of the last to have been completed.