Chelsea transfer news: Nicolo Barella can be signed for €90m

Nicolo Barella is set to be one of the most wanted midfielders in the 2024 summer transfer window.

The Italy international is widely regarded as one of the best in Europe in his role as a box-to-box all-action midfielder.

A number of top Premier League clubs already made moves for him in the summer of 2023, including Chelsea, but Inter made it clear they had no intention of selling.

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CaughtOffside reports on Sunday, though, that Inter are open to selling Barella in 2024.

The report states that a bid of €90 million for the Euro 2020 winner will be enough to seal the deal.

Chelsea, Liverpool and Newcastle are all interested, with the Blues considered early favourites.

Chelsea have already twice spent over €100m on new central midfielders in Moises Caicedo and Enzo Fernandez, and feel that Barella will complete a fearsome midfield trio.

Barella may need some convincing as he and his family are life-long supporters of Inter and he has a special affinity with the club.

He is happy at San Siro and has a contract that runs until 2026.

But Inter may be more open to sell next year with two years left on his contract and a ready-made replacement in Davide Frattesi.

Barella scoring at Euro 2020
– Barella scoring at Euro 2020

Barella career at Inter

Barella played a key role as Italy won Euro 2020 and also was a pivotal player for Inter as they won their first Scudetto in 2021 in 11 years.

He also enjoyed a fantastic Champions League season last term as Inter finished runners-up to Manchester City. This saw Barella nominated on the 30-man shortlist for the 2023 Ballon d’Or.

He has made 190 appearances for Inter since joining from Cagliari in 2019.

He has won 46 caps for Italy, scoring eight goals.

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