Spurs look set to miss out on one of their summer transfer targets after reports in Italy claimed that Domenico Berardi is on his way to Juventus.
Sassuolo's Berardi is in demand after a season that has seen him score six goals, including a winner against Inter Milan.
He has been tipped for big things with the Italian national side having impressed for Gli Azzurri's under-21s.
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A great asset
Tottenham are happier with their squad than they have been in a long time, but could do with another forward to support Harry Kane. Berardi's energy, control, and crisp finishing would have made him a great fit for Mauricio Pochettino's thrilling young side.
But Juventus had first refusal on Berardi, and it seems they have taken Sassuolo up on the offer, bidding between £20-25million.
That price tag seems a little ostentatious for Pochettino, considering Berardi's lack of Premier League experience, and he may look for a cheaper option now that Spurs have missed out.
It is clear why the 21-year-old has been drawn to Juventus. The Old Lady is nine points clear at the top of the table, with Massimiliano Allegri set to sign a new contract.
Liverpool, AC Milan, and Inter have all expressed an interest in the young forward in the past, but Juventus is perhaps the best place for his development. After all, it was Juve who allowed him to re-join Sassuolo on loan after he had steered them to Serie A. That suggests that he was not ready for the heights of the Stadium, but it appears that Allegri now thinks he is.
Spurs need to move quickly
As for Spurs, they must now turn their attention elsewhere. Berardi is promising, but a little ill-disciplined given his number of yellow cards. That might not have sat well with Pochettino, whose exile of Andros Townsend suggested he has little tolerance for petulance on or off the pitch.
If Spurs are to be spending upwards of £20million, Axel Witsel of Zenit Saint Petersburg or Marseille's Michy Batshuayi would be equally good options.
Missing out on Berardi may just serve as a reminder that they need to move quickly in the transfer window if they are to avoid being pipped to the post again.
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