Arsenal enter the battle to sign €65m-rated Serie A playmaker

Arsenal are among the clubs keeping an eye on Nicolo Barella. Along with Liverpool, the PL giants have been put on red alert, as Inter Milan suffer from financial difficulties, thus putting the future of their footballer in doubt.

Italy international does have a contract in Milan until 2024, meaning the Nerazzurri are under no pressure of offloading the player on a cut-price fee. However, there is room for talks, as the club is in need of selling some of their star players despite winning the Scudetto in the 2020/21 season.

The contributions of Nicolo in midfield played a critical role in helping Inter Milan seize the title, as he established himself as one of the best midfielders in the league. Barella’s consistency, technical prowess and ability to create opportunities added another dimension to Antonio Conte’s creative unit.

The Italian midfielder’s partnership with Achraf Hakimi on the right-hand side was particularly impressive. Incidentally, Hakimi is also among the footballers courted by Arsenal, although Inter Milan are determined to avoid selling the footballer on a low sum in the summer.

Arsenal themselves could face difficulties in funding a move for either of the star footballers as they are in financial turmoil. In addition, the Spanish manager has to address a number of weaknesses in the first-team, which means the Gunners will strongly rely on departures as means for transfer revenue.

Matteo Guendouzi, for one, is closing on a switch to Marseille, while the likes of Granit Xhaka, Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette are all facing an uncertain future at the club. Liverpool, too, are expected to lose a few footballers in the summer.