Nicolo Barella has been one of the top midfielders in Italy for a while, but the 2022/23 season was his best so far, as he helped Inter Milan reach the Champions League final while contributing with nine goals and 10 assists in 52 matches. As expected, the 26-year-old has attracted a lot of interest, especially from the Premier League clubs.
The 26-year-old has three more years left on his contract with the Nerazzurri and has said he’s happy at Inter. However, due to the club's financial situation, the midfielder may depart the Nerazzurri this summer, explaining the surge in the Nicolo Barella next club odds.
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As far as the Nicolo Barella transfer odds are concerned, Liverpool are viewed as the top condeters for the Italy international as they still need to strengthen the midfield. Other top clubs, including Champions League winners Man City, are on the list as well.
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Liverpool are still rebuilding their midfield after the summer departures of Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, James Milner and others. The issue, though, is that Barella may not be the exact profile Jurgen Klopp needs at the moment.
The Reds were first linked with Barella early in the summer, before the transfer of Dominik Szoboszlai to Anfield was made official, and the Hungarian shares similar characteristics to Nicolo. Certainly, the Italy international would fit like a glove at Liverpool as he is used to the kind of high-intensity football that Klopp proposes. However, the team now needs a defensive midfielder more than anything, and Barella is not the perfect man for that job as he is more attack-oriented.
After signing Sandro Tonali from Inter Milan’s rivals, Newcastle United reportedly opened contact over Barella. The Toon need reinforcements as they qualified for Champions League football for the first time in almost 20 years, and given Nicolo’s experience and quality, he’d be an important addition to the squad.
Nevertheless, the only update in recent weeks has been that the 26-year-old is content where he is and will in no case force a move out. Unlike certain other Premier League clubs on the list, the Magpies can offer the midfielder Champions League football, but he already has that at Inter. Unless for a big salary, it’s difficult imagining Nicolo swapping Milano for Newcastle upon Tyne.
Chelsea, too, are in need of midfielders after the recent exits of Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, and Jorginho – all regular starters in the past. The Blues approached Inter over a potential deal for Barella, offering a swap deal involving Romelu Lukaku. However, the Nerazzurri declined this option and stopped their pursuit of the Belgian forward as soon as news surfaced about his negotiations with Juventus.
Now, it is cash or nothing if Chelsea want Barella, with the Serie A side slapping a €80 million price tag on the 26-year-old. Judging by the latest reports, the Blues have moved on from Barella and are pursuing a more defensive option that would fit Mauricio Pochettino’s 4-2-3-1 set-up.
Paris Saint-Germain have been following the Italian midfield engine for a while, and of all the clubs on the Nicolo Barella next club odds, the Parisians may be the ones who need him the most. Rumour has it that new coach Luis Enrique has asked for an attacking profile in midfield as he’s unsatisfied with his current options. Nicolo would inherit Marco Verratti’s starting spot who is believed to be Saudi Arabia bound.
Under Luis Enrique, Barella could play in a similar role that Gavi had at the Spanish national team – a pressing-machine who is great on the ball, who makes runs into the box and can provide the killer pass. Money shouldn’t be a problem for PSG, obviously.
Barella to Manchester City reads like a big if – the Citizens would reportedly go for the Inter Milan star only in case Bernardo Silva leaves Etihad Stadium this summer. While Barella and Bernardo share many similarities, Nicolo would offer Pep Guardiola fewer options in terms of tactics: unlike the Portuguese, Barella is not used to playing on the wings.
Additionally, City are claimed to be in advanced negotiations with West Ham over the transfer of Lucas Paqueta, which may deem Barella a surplus to the requirements even if Silva may end up leaving. Besides, what kind of message does it send to the fans when you leave Inter Milan for the team that defeated you in the Champions League final?