Chelsea Table €70m Swap Offer for Liverpool Target Nicolo Barella as Premier League Club Nears Deal

Chelsea Table €70m Swap Offer for Liverpool Target Nicolo Barella as Premier League Club Nears Deal

Reports indicate that Chelsea and Liverpool, along with Newcastle United, are vying to secure the signature of Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella. 

Barella has gained recognition as one of the top midfielders in Europe in recent years, particularly showcasing his talent as Inter Milan advanced to the Champions League final in the 2022/23 season.

 Having scored nine goals and provided ten assists in a total of 52 games across various competitions in the 2022/23 season, the Italian international is strongly connected with a possible transfer to the English Premier League.

In the past few months, there have been ongoing rumors connecting the 26-year-old Nicolo Barella with a move to Liverpool, as the club is actively seeking to strengthen their midfield by acquiring two or three new players during the upcoming summer transfer window.

However, recent reports from The Telegraph have suggested that Newcastle United is making significant progress in securing the signing of Barella from Inter Milan. According to the sources, Newcastle is said to be closing in on finalizing the deal for the midfielder.

Newcastle United reportedly views Nicolo Barella as a potential acquisition that would come with a price tag of £50 million. Furthermore, it has been reported that their other primary target is James Maddison, an impressive player from Leicester City.

According to the renowned transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Liverpool has been keeping a close eye on Barella and is actively monitoring his situation. Romano mentioned this in one of his YouTube videos, emphasizing that Liverpool has maintained a consistent interest in the midfielder.

In the ongoing pursuit of Barella, Chelsea has emerged as a competitor to their Premier League counterparts. Italian outlet Corriere Dello Sport has reported that Chelsea is attempting to outmaneuver Liverpool and secure the signing of Barella ahead of them.

Chelsea has reportedly made a proposal to Inter Milan involving an exchange deal. The proposed deal would involve Nicolo Barella moving to Stamford Bridge while Romelu Lukaku would make the move in the opposite direction to join Inter Milan.

However, Inter Milan did not respond to this proposal and instead chose to postpone discussions until a new appointment or opportunity arises.

It has been suggested that Inter Milan is primarily interested in receiving significant offers for Barella and is open to considering them. On the other hand, they are keen on securing another loan deal for Lukaku and have no intention of exploring alternative options.

If a sufficiently substantial offer for Barella is made, Inter Milan is expected to listen to the proposal. The offer would need to be in the form of cash and exceed €70 million (approximately £60 million).

Romano, a trusted source in transfer news, maintains a firm stance that a £50 million offer would not be sufficient to convince Inter Milan to part ways with Barella. According to him, Inter Milan values the midfielder higher than that amount and would demand a higher price in any potential transfer negotiations.

“What I can tell you is that, for sure, there is interest from Newcastle and for sure Eddie Howe is a big fan of Nicolo Barella, they would love to sign Barella,” Romano said.

“But they also know that at the moment for Inter £50m is absolutely not enough to sell Barella. They extended his contract, it was a few months ago.

“And so the idea of Inter is to keep Barella, no chance to sell Barella for £50m. They want way more than this to be tempted.

“So let’s see if Newcastle will try to improve their proposal or do something serious in the next days. For sure, they like the player, for sure they want the player but £50m, at the moment, is not enough.”

Chelsea Table €70m Swap Offer for Liverpool Target Nicolo Barella as Premier League Club Nears Deal

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