Liverpool have been linked with a move for Inter midfielder Nicolo Barella ahead of the upcoming transfer window.
What’s the story?
According to a report from Anfield Central, Jurgen Klopp’s charges are interested in acquiring the 24-year-old’s services this summer as the German manager searches for Gini Wijnaldum’s replacement.
Barella played a key part in the San Siro outfit’s Serie A success last season, starting 32 league games for the Nerazzurri as they claimed their first Scudetto in over a decade.
Imagine him and Fabinho
Wijnaldum has been a crucial cog in Klopp’s system in recent years, heavily contributed to the Reds’ Premier League and Champions League success during his time on Merseyside.
The Dutch international’s imminent exit to Barcelona will, therefore, leave a sizeable gap in the Liverpool engine room that will need to be filled during the upcoming window.
Inter’s Barella is the latest name rumoured to be on the wishlist of the six-time European champions after the £58.5 million rated dynamo caught the eye with his full-blooded displays in Milan.
Antonio Conte’s side took Serie A by storm in 2020/21, securing the title by 12 points, with many standout performers grabbing the headlines.
Barella was certainly one of those men, as he ranked in the top three for dribbles, assists, key passes and through balls per game amongst his teammates, leading to former Juventus star Claudio Marchisio calling him a “complete” player.
Liverpool aren’t expected to have a huge transfer budget this summer as they continue to feel the financial impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but Inter reportedly need to raise around £80m in player sales just to stay afloat.
As a consequence, Barella could be available at a bargain price over the coming months, and it’s a deal Klopp should be pushing to complete.
The balance between deep-lying playmaker Thiago, holding midfielder Fabinho, and box-to-box workhorse Barella would place Liverpool’s midfield amongst the best in world football and would undoubtedly have the potential to propel the Reds back to the summit of English football.
Forming a dream duo of Fabinho and Barella in the centre of the park, allowing Thiago the freedom to roam and create at will, could cause any opposition side major issues and it’s a combination that the club’s supporters can certainly get excited about.
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