AC Milan is hunting for a number of new winger candidates. However, there are 3 reasons why Sassuolo star Domenico Berardi deserves to be a priority to be brought to the San Siro.
Towards the end of this season, AC Milan is busy focusing on the Italian League. Understandably, they are now at the top of the standings and have the opportunity to end the title fast by winning the Scudetto.
However, the Rossoneri are also busy with other things. When Stefano Pioli and his men focused on competing, Paolo Maldini et al in the management line were busy looking at next season.
Ahead of the opening of the summer transfer window at the end of this season, the Rossoneri began to target a number of names to be brought in.
As is known, AC Milan does have a number of needs. In addition to looking for a replacement for Franck Kessie and Alessio Romagnoli who will leave, the Rossoneri also intend to improve quality in a number of sectors.
One of them is the right winger who is filled by Alexis Saelemaekers. The Belgian star has been mediocre this season with just 2 goals and 3 assists, compared to Rafael Leao on the left side of the pitch who has 11 goals and 6 assists.
A number of names were then widely associated with AC Milan. From the Italian league there are names such as Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Nicolo Zaniolo (AS Roma), to Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus).
Meanwhile, from outside the Italian League emerged the name of Gareth Bale, who will expire his contract with Real Madrid at the end of this season.
The shots also have their own advantages and disadvantages. Bernardeschi and Bale, for example, can be brought in on a free transfer or free.
Meanwhile, Nicolo Zaniolo has stunning talent and is still young, while Berardi has been spectacular this season.
Far Superior in Performance
Among the players who are the new right-wing options, Domenico Berardi is said to be coach Stefano Pioli‘s main dream.
In fact, Pioli has been trying to sign Berardi since last summer, but was hampered by the high price tag charged by Sassuolo.
However, now the situation is believed to be different as there is Berardi’s desire to leave Neroverdi to play for a bigger club.
On the other hand, there are at least 3 reasons why AC Milan must bring Domenico Berardi to the San Siro, ahead of other candidates including Zaniolo and Bernardeschi.
What are the three reasons? Here’s the review:
Better Performance Than Other Candidates
Domenico Berardi has indeed presented a stunning performance in the Italian League this season. With Sassuolo, he scored 14 goals and 14 assists in 27 games.
The record clearly shows the 27-year-old as a complete winger. Not only is he good at opening opportunities and providing assists, he is also good at finishing attacks through his goals
His goals and assists are far superior to other AC Milan winger candidates such as Nicolo Zaniolo (4 goals and 8 assists from 33 matches), and Federico Bernardeschi (1 goal and 6 assists from 26 matches).
Specially, Berardi’s performance is relatively stable from season to season. In 2020/2021 then, he scored 17 goals and 6 assists, while the previous season again he scored 14 goals and 10 assists.
With his consistency and sharpness, he will clearly present a balance in AC Milan’s attack line so as not to be too focused on Rafael Leao on the left.
Maturity and Rules
One of the things that is often highlighted by Berardi is that he is often considered unable to shine in important matches and thus is not suitable for defending big teams.
However, at the age of 27, Berardi is showing increasing maturity. Evidently, his goals and assists this season have been higher than in previous seasons.
Meanwhile, in terms of appearances in big games, this season he scored 1 goal against AC Milan to help Sassuolo win 3-1, and made 1 assist in beating Juventus 2-1.
With a golden age, maturity, and the presence of qualified colleagues at AC Milan, Berardi is believed to be able to develop even further.
Moreover, he is now also starting to regularly appear at the international level with the Italian national team.
Real Italian Blood
In addition to the two reasons above, another reason AC Milan needs to bring Domenico Berardi is also related to administrative problems.
Known as a genuine Sassuolo upbringer, Berardi is included in the criteria for an Italian-trained player who will benefit AC Milan in registering the squad in the Italian League and Champions League next season.
As is known, in the Champions League, UEFA has rules regarding the number of homegrown players that each club must obey. Berardi’s presence also helps AC Milan meet these requirements.
Moreover, they are in danger of being left by Alessio Romagnoli so that the inclusion of Berardi will maintain the number of native Italian players in the squad.
Something similar is also possibleI’m in the Italian League, where Berardi will also help AC Milan meet the number of original Italian upbringing players.