Spurs are plotting a bid to beat Premier League rivals Liverpool to the signing of a €35m-rated midfield star, a report claims.
Nicolo Barella is considered one of the hottest young talents in European football and has been attracting plenty of interest ahead of the winter transfer window opening in January.
Liverpool, Manchester United, Inter Milan and Monaco have all reportedly cast their eyes on the 21-year-old, but Tuttosport recently claimed that reigning Serie A champions Juventus are prepared to pay €30m to beat their rivals to his signature – though figures as high as €50m have been mentioned.
Now, according to a report from The Sun, Tottenham are lining up a £35million bid as they aim to reinforce their midfield.
Barella is seen as an ideal replacement for Mousa Dembele, who suffered an ankle injury during Spurs 3-2 win at Wolves earlier in the month.
The player has been dubbed the ‘next Steven Gerrard’, and recently revealed the circumstances that would make him consider quitting Cagliari in the new year.
“If and when I have to leave, it will never be for money, but only for ambition. I do not care about Ferrari or the super penthouse; I do not play football to buy myself a beautiful car.”
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