Chelsea leading race to sign €60m-rated Serie A midfielder

Inter Milan could be bracing themselves for a difficult summer transfer window, despite clinching the Serie A title this campaign. With Inter Milan in a tricky financial condition, Chelsea and Liverpool are hoping to pry away Italian duo Nicolo Barella and Alessandro Bastoni from San Siro.

Both Nicolo and Alessandro have been integral members of the Inter Milan first-team squad under the tutelage of Antonio Conte and have played a major role in Inter Milan’s triumphant Serie A title-winning campaign this term. While Barella has been the chief creator for the Italian giants, Bastoni has held the fort firmly at the back, with both featuring heavily this season.

Having made meteoric progress over the last couple of seasons, the duo have also established a foothold in the Italian national side. And, it is hardly surprising that both Barella and Bastoni have piqued the interest of some of the biggest clubs in the world, with Blues and Reds among their suitors heading into the summer transfer window.

Inter Milan are bracing themselves for bids for just about every important footballer in their squad, including strike duo Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku. While Martinez is on the radars of the three bigwigs in Spain, Romelu Lukaku has been linked with former club Chelsea.

There is no shortage of interest in any of the defenders either, with Milan Skriniar a target for Man United and Tottenham, while Stefan de Vrij is linked with Liverpool and Man City. Meanwhile, Chelsea and Liverpool will need to loosen their purse strings considerably to land both Barella and Bastoni, who could cost up to a combined €130m.