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Liverpool could do battle with Arsenal and Chelsea for Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella this summer, according to reports. After Chelsea were first credited with an interest, two of their Premier League rivals have now been linked.
Despite Thiago Alcantara showing more class as the 2020/21 season went on, Jurgen Klopp seems to be eyeing a new midfielder this summer.
Thiago’s upturn in form, added to the welcome return of club captain Jordan Henderson after injury, will boost Liverpool’s midfield options alone.
Klopp is reportedly looking to add to his ranks, though, and Inter midfielder Nicolo Barella is the latest name to be linked with a potential move to Anfield.
According to Anfield Central, Liverpool and Arsenal are two of the clubs vying for Barella’s signature in the summer transfer window.
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The 24-year-old helped Inter to their first Serie A title in 11 years this season, making 36 appearances in Antonio Conte’s midfield.
His consistent performances on the way to the Scudetto haven’t gone unnoticed, with the Italian club perhaps open to selling him.
Inter are in financial turmoil despite their title triumph, which has already seen Conte make a shocking departure.
The report states that even though Inter need to sell, Barella’s 2024 contract expiration means they won’t be forced into parting ways.
However, there is thought to be room for negotiation, which could knock down what is likely to be a hefty valuation.
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Liverpool’s reported interest comes after Italian media claiming Chelsea have ‘made advances’ for Barella.
The Italy international has been a stalwart in Conte’s three-at-the-back system, which could see him slot into Thomas Tuchel’s set up perfectly.
Arsenal would have to be considered outsiders in this scenario, with Mikel Arteta unlikely to be handed a significant transfer kitty this summer.
The Gunners’ failure to qualify for European football is unlikely to see much money spent, despite the need to bolster critical areas of the squad, whilst the club could also struggle to attract top talent.
Despite Liverpool’s reported interest, a move for Barella could be deemed unlikely due to financial constraints.
Anfield Central also understand the Reds have been put off Brighton & Hove Albion’s Yves Bissouma over his £50m valuation.
Barella is likely to be in the same region, so Klopp could be left frustrated if Inter don’t reduce their asking price.
Liverpool have also recently announced the £36m signing of Ibrahima Konate, which likely used a large chunk of the club’s budget.
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