Tottenham and Liverpool will struggle to sign Nicolo Barella, with Fabrizio Romano claiming he is one of three Inter players the Italian’s don’t want to sell.
Reports this week have claimed both the Reds and Spurs are looking at Barella. The Italian midfielder has become one of the standout players in Serie A, with interest gathering pace around Europe it seems.
But speaking on his Here We Go Podcast yesterday, Romano claims that a move for Barella is unlikely, given Inter’s stance on the player.
“Barella is amazing, I have to say. He’s a fighter but also has quality and scoring goals,” Romano said.
“It’s normal, but at the moment there is nothing. Inter paid around 40m Euros, if they want to sign Barella today you’d have to pay around 80m Euro (£70m). At the moment he’s not on the market.”
Along with Romelu Lukaku and Stefan de Vrij, Barella is one of a trio of players Inter consider untouchable, per Romano.
Those comments, plus Inter’s feelings about the player, suggest any move is some way off for both Tottenham and Liverpool here.
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If Inter don’t need to sell, then there’s little reason why they’d even consider looking at a sale for their star man.
Barella has been superb and as Romano touched on, is clearly viewed as one of – if not the – most important player in the Inter Milan squad.
Of course, every player has his value but this one might have to wait for Liverpool and Spurs.