Liverpool transfer blow as target outlines preference to stay in Italy

Date published: Tuesday 2nd October 2018 10:15 - Joe Williams

Nicolo Barella

Liverpool target Nicolo Barella want to remain in Italy amid interest from Serie A giants Inter Milan, according to reports.

The attacking midfielder has bagged one goal in seven Serie A appearances this campaign and has impressed for Cagliari.

And Calciomercato claims that Inter Milan are the latest club to show an interest in the 21-year-old with neighbours AC Milan also credited with a link in the past.

The report continues by saying Inter could now make a bid for Barella, with other reports recently suggesting that Liverpool and Tottenham could also make their move.

Barella is understood to be valued by Cagliari at between £30-£35million with Calciomercato claiming the Italian would prefer a move to one of the Milan clubs.

Despite that, Jurgen Klopp is known to have been keeping a close eye on the Italy under-21 midfielder, with the German boss hoping to use Ragnar Klavan’s summer move to the Sardinian club to tempt Cagliari to sell.

The Estonian defender was allowed to move on deadline day for £2million, with the relationship between the two clubs said to be strong after the deal.


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