Liverpool has reportedly suffered a big blow in pursuit of Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella as per the report in Italian outlet Gazzetta Dello Sport.
The 24-years-old initially signed for the Nerazzurri on loan back in 2019 for around €12 million. The transfer became permanent in the following summer for around €25 million. The Italian international enjoyed a terrific campaign last term with club and country. Winning the Scudetto under the former manager Antonio Conte and lifting the European Championship with the national squad.
According to the report, Inter Milan are ready to offer a new contract to Liverpool target Nicolo Barella until June 2026. They are also planning to hand him the club’s armband for next season following his amazing consistency.
The Premier League side previously showed interest in signing Inter Milan midfielder Barella. After being impressed by the midfielder’s display in Euro 2020 over the summer. However, it is getting bleaker for the Reds to make any move for the Italy international as the midfielder is keen on staying at Serie A and playing at Giuseppe Meazza.
Liverpool target Barella edging closer towards signing a contract extension with Inter Milan:
Signing Inter Milan ace Nicolo Barella would have been a great acquisition for the midfield department of Liverpool. However, the youngster is looking likely to sign a new contract and stay in Italy.
The 24-years-old’s energy and dynamism could have been a perfect midfield option for Jurgen Klopp’s Gegenpressing system. Following the departure of Georginio Wijnaldum, the Reds are looking to sign an apt replacement for the Dutch midfielder. And the Italian might have been a perfect addition to that. This comes with the Italians amazing work rate off the ball as well.
Meanwhile, following the return of Virgil Van Dijk from a long-term knee injury, Liverpool has looked like one of the best teams in the world so far this season. They are currently sitting second in the Premier League table with 18 points in eight games only one point behind the leader Chelsea.
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