With his rise to prominence in Serie A, Nicolò Barella has gained many admirers over the last two transfer windows
The Cagliari midfielder has been instrumental in his side’s survival in the Italian top flight, which hasn’t gone unnoticed by top European clubs. Chelsea had reportedly agreed a £45 million deal for the Italian in January, Manchester United were also rumored to be interested too at the time.
However it now seems will remain in Italy next season, but potentially at the San Siro. According to Calciomercato, new manager Antonio Conte is closing in on a €50 million swoop for the 22 year old, in his new project at the Nerazzurri.
Style of Play
Impeccable ball control and a strong yet almost majestic tackling technique, Nicolò Barella has been the cornerstone of Cagliari’s Serie A survival campaign, as well as their march into the Coppa Italia Round of 16 after beating Chievo Verona away. His bulldog-like 5ft 9in frame makes it nigh impossible to shove Barella off the ball – similar to Lucas Torreira, but the dynamic Italian has way more to offer going forward, averaging at least one key pass per game this season.
Defensively he is solid, averaging 2.8 tackles and 1.2 interceptions per game in the Italian top flight this season. The only negative about the tenacious midfielder is he does like a tackle and often finds himself on the wrong side of the law, with 10 yellow cards and 2 red cards this season. Discipline will certainly have to improve under Conte.
But regardless, although €50 million is a large price to pay, Nicolò Barella has the quality to be a roaring success for Inter and is of course proven in the Italian top flight.
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