Manchester United ready to bid €23m for Serie A ace and have contacted club owner

Manchester United being linked to Domenico Berardi was so predictable that we predicted it a week ago, just after the young forward bagged himself four goals against AC Milan. With Manchester United desperate for a lift and Berardi a rising name in Italian football it was inevitable the rumour would take off.

Putting cynicism to one side, TMW claimed on Monday evening that Manchester United had set their eyes on the player and were ready to invest €23m, which is the very least he would cost according to the Italian outfit. It's claimed Manchester United have already contacted the owner of Sassuolo, Emilia Squinzi.

However, Berardi is on a co-ownership deal with Juventus and due to return to Turin at the end of this season. That makes any transfer very difficult and would call for big bucks to make it go through.

It's not the first time Manchester United have been linked with Berardi. Way back in October 2012, we covered claims which had started in Italy and moved on to England:

'Italian football outlet Calciomercato are reporting Manchester United have upped their interest in Italian U19 international Domenico Berardi. The eighteen year old has been staring for Serie B leaders Sassuolo this season which brought him to the attention of Manchester United, Juventus and Genoa. In the past few weeks the club has had scouts in Italy in order to monitor the development of the young forward.

Calciomercarto has stated that Alex Ferguson has been impressed by the player and wants to up the pressure in trying to bring the youngster to Manchester, indeed they say the club are 'continually pressing' the matter.

Berardi was previously linked with Manchester United when it was reported last month by The Mirror that the club were tracking the player. In recent weeks a 'dossier' has been put together and with the situation continuing that report must be a good one.'

Juventus eventually signed up Berardi on co-ownership and he's taken to Serie A well, scoring eleven goals so far this season in the league. If the reported interest is true, Manchester United certainly aren't picking easy transfer targets.

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