It's not every day that Manchester United and manager Sir Alex Ferguson go poaching in the second division of Italian football, but that's exactly what one Serie B club is claiming is about to happen.
According to the Daily Mail, Sassuolo general director Nereo Bonato has claimed that striker Domenico Berardi has received interest from some of the biggest clubs in Europe, and that includes the Red Devils of Old Trafford.
Bonato told Sky Sports that the 18-year-old Berardi has earned the attention of more than a few scouts and will probably move on to greener pastures sooner rather than later:
"The interest from Manchester United? The player is followed with great attention by many clubs, including the Red Devils and also Juventus. But there are other Italian and foreign sides who have observed him in recent games."
This all despite the fact that the Italian striker has scored just one goal and collected two assists through the first three weeks of the season.
Sassuolo is currently in first-place in the Serie B table. If Berardi is a major contributor towards getting the Modena-based club to Serie A for the first time in its club history, then Berardi will warrant some major attention around Europe.
But unless Berardi earns a call-up to Italy's senior team and performs well during international play—he's already earned caps with Italy's youth team, so it's not out of the question—then any transfer is going to have to wait until he's tearing it up in Serie A play.
What do you think? Should Manchester United go for the young Italian and take a risk on a relatively unproven player? Or should the Red Devils wait until his contract runs up in 2015, taking less of a risk but also paying a lot more money?
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