Chelsea have reportedly turned their attention to Domenico Berardi after admitting defeat in the transfer chase of a fellow Italian.
Thomas Tuchel has made a striker his transfer priority this summer with goals hard to come by since his arrival at Stamford Bridge.
Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland is the clear favourite for Roman Abramovich to bring to the club, but the German club have set the fee at £150million and Haaland has admitted he is happy to stay for another season.
The forward is midway through a two-year loan spell with Juventus from Fiorentina and Chelsea reportedly held talks over a potential deal.
But Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla has revealed that the Blues have now given up on Chiesa having had a bid turned down.
As a result, they have instead turned their attention to compatriot Berardi.
Berardi impressed at Euro 2020, but, unlike Chiesa, is not seen as ‘non-transferable’ by his employers.
The Sassuolo forward – valued at just £34million (€40m) – is on the radar of a number of top clubs in Italy, including AC Milan, and Liverpool are also said to have registered an interest.
Berardi came up through the Sassuolo youth system before moving to Juventus for £4million in 2013.
But the 26-year-old didn’t make a single appearance for the Bianconeri and two loan spells back at his boyhood club led to a permanent return for £9million in 2015.
He’s scored 86 goals and provided 56 assists in 238 Serie A appearances for Sassuolo and started five of Italy’s seven games in their successful Euro 2020 campaign.
He has three years left on his current contract, having extended his deal in October 2019.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s chase for a new forward has led Timo Werner to consider his options.
The German didn’t enjoy the best of debut seasons in the Premier League last term and would reportedly be willing to leave the club if a new striker is signed.
Speaking about the situation, a 90min source said: “Werner is not unhappy at Chelsea, far from it – but he also knows the club are looking at a new striker so if he has to move on, he is prepared to do so.”