Liverpool have made the first move in their bid to bring Nicolo Barella to Anfield this summer.
That’s according to a claim made by Calciomercato journalist Enrico Camelio, who revealed on the Calciomercato Show (via Sport Witness) that Jurgen Klopp’s side have made contact with Inter Milan regarding a move for the 24-year-old.
According to Camelio, the Reds have asked the Serie A side for information on the central midfielder, although Simone Inzaghi’s team are believed to have told Klopp that the Italy international is non-transferable this summer.
However, it is then claimed that Inter need to sell players in order to ease their financial troubles, with Sport Witness claiming that the sale of Barella is a possibility in the summer transfer window.
Barella was one of the most exciting players in Serie A last season and has starred for Italy at Euro 2020 so far this summer. With Georginio Wijnaldum recently leaving Liverpool on a free transfer, the signing of the 24-year-old is one which Klopp would surely love to get over the line ahead of next season.
Indeed, over his 36 Serie A appearances for the Nerazzurri last term, the £60m-rated Italian scored three goals, registered seven assists and created nine big chances for his teammates, as well as taking one shot and making 1.3 key passes per game.
The midfielder also impressed in more typical metrics for his position, with 0.7 interceptions, 1.6 tackles 4.9 successful duels per league fixture, in addition to averaging 65.8 touches and completing 43.4 passes in each game.
These returns saw the man who Alberto Zaccheroni dubbed a “warrior” earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.11, ranking him as Antonio Conte’s joint fifth-best performer in the Italian top flight as the 24-year-old played a huge part in the Nerazzurri’s first title win for 11 years.
Barella’s form has also continued for Roberto Mancini’s Italy side this summer, with the £80,000-per-week man scoring one goal and providing two assists over his four appearances at Euro 2020, earning an average SofaScore match rating of 7.20, ranking him as Italy’s seventh-best player in the competition, helping his side reach the semi-finals of the tournament.
As such, with Klopp having waved goodbye to Wijnaldum earlier this summer, the German will undoubtedly be looking to replace the 30-year-old prior to the kick-off of Liverpool’s upcoming Premier League campaign. Considering Barella’s recent performances for both club and country, as well as him being significantly younger than the aforementioned Dutchman, the 24-year-old would very much appear to be a fantastic addition to the Reds midfield if they can lure him to Anfield.