Berardi, 22, has endured an injury-ravaged season at Sassuolo.

A knee issue has restricted him to just 14 Serie A appearances.

But according to Italian news outlet Calciomercato, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is a long-term admirer of the forward.

The Blues might have missed out on securing his signature, though.

It’s suggested Inter are closing in on a deal.

Berardi is valued at £35m by Sassuolo - although Inter are trying to drive the price down.

Since making his debut in 2012, Berardi has bagged 52 goals in 141 games.