Liverpool are ready to battle it out for Cagliari’s rising star, Nicolo Barella at the end of the summer, according to various reports. The likes of Juventus, Inter Milan and AS Roma are all interested in signing the 21-year-old but the Reds feel that they can secure Barella’s signature and thus, have entered the race.
The 21-year-old is currently contracted at Cagliari until June 2022 and TransferMarketWeb (h/t TEAMtalk) suggest that the midfielder will not be available for cheap.
Barella has caught the attention of a number of clubs this year after putting in some impressive performances for the Serie A club. He has made over 20 appearances in the league and has contributed with 3 goals.
Cagliari, who are currently placed 15th in the league, are keen to hold on to their prized asset, with the club’s president Tommaso Giulini suggesting that his development is not yet complete. The 21-year-old has also been compared to AS Roma midfield enforcer Radja Nainggolan.
“For us Nicolò is a modern midfielder, total, and so the midfielders at Nainggolan, those that are worth 30, 40, 50 million euros, are able to play in any role,” Giulini was quoted by ilBiancoNero.
“We think that Barella can play from play, rather there is a team that wants it just as a play. However, its growth is not yet complete. The final maturation passes playing in that role, so I hope to see it in the field just like play.”
He added: “For us, Nicolò is a modern midfielder and could be worth as much as €50million. He can play in any role. We think that Barella can become as good as anyone in his position, though his growth is not yet complete.”
Cagliari are aware that top European clubs will make their interest concrete sooner than later and therefore have named the player’s value at €50m.
Barella, who could probably be regarded as one of Italy’s brightest youngsters, is capable of playing as a central midfielder and as an attacking midfielder in an almost equal share. The Italian may not be the quickest or the strongest but he has the necessary tenacity to dominate the proceedings from the midfield.
With Emre Can’s future at Anfield in serious doubt, Klopp would be keen on strengthening his midfield in the summer. Liverpool will require a midfielder to fill the void left by Can if he leaves the club in the summer.
(Video) Watch Alisson and Roberto Firmino provide hilarious responses in latest “Bezzies”
We had seen a similar video of Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk a few weeks ago, and this one was just as brilliant between the Brazilians.
It started with Alisson answering about what Firmino would take along with him to an island, and the answer wasn’t really that surprising.
The forward answered his wife, which our keeper also guessed correctly. For Alisson’s options, the correct answer was barbecue, which Firmino got right too.
The pair were also asked what is their best body feature and which club they made their debuts for.
There were some great questions in between and Firmino confirmed that his favourite Brazilian player was Ronaldinho and not Ronaldo, while for Alisson it was goalkeeper Taffarel.
Our goalkeeper even predicted that Firmino would be a better keeper than his attacking partners Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
The pair seem to be in great form and in spirits ahead of our crucial tie against Manchester United on Sunday.
Hopefully, we pull off a win and stay atop the Premier League table as the games keep coming thick and fast.
Liverpool interested in signing £70m-rated Bundesliga powerhouse
The 19-year-old has been on fire for the Bundesliga giants this season and has seven goals and five assists in all competitions.
The German also has a couple of international caps to his name and plays mostly as an attacking midfielder.
The report claims that Manchester City, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona are all “actively” tracking the rising star.
Havertz is rated at £70m (h/t Mirror), and he is the next big thing coming out from the Bundesliga. The 19-year-old was phenomenal last season with three goals and eight assists in the Bundesliga and seems set to break that his record in this campaign.
Liverpool have dipped into the German market several times under Jurgen Klopp, and if anyone would have the inside scoop on the 19-year-old, it has to be our manager due to his spell in the Bundesliga.
The Reds could do with an attacking midfielder in the team as we don’t have someone who can do this role. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would be the ideal player for the position but it is unlikely we will see him play any minutes this season due to his injury.
We lead the Premier League and made it into the knockout rounds of the Champions League, and with the right signings, there could be some silverware at Anfield this season.
“It is going to be difficult” – Liverpool star believes Manchester United will be tough opposition
Liverpool play Manchester United in the biggest fixture of the weekend, and the Reds have a sizeable lead over their rivals in the Premier League.
We are 16 points ahead of the Red Devils after just 16 games, and another win will keep us at the top of the table ahead of Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp has never defeated the Red Devils during his Premier League career, and Georginio Wijnaldum spoke about the tie.
The Dutch midfielder believed we would put up a quality performance, claiming United are a good team while having a bit of a dig claiming they go out not to lose games (h/t Mirror):
“It’s a nice game. We’ll try to put in the same performance that we did against Napoli.
“Things can happen, everyone can have a bad season, it does not mean they [United] are not a good team with good players. Last season, with the same players, they finished second.
“They have good players, a good manager, and they know how to manage games and win games – or not to lose games! It is going to be difficult.”
Jose Mourinho always seems to have a plan when playing against Liverpool, whether it was his Chelsea days or his United days.
We long for a win over the Red Devils, and with our team in great spirits, a win at Anfield could be on the books.
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