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Opinion: Liverpool have £56m opportunity after Antonio Conte resigns

Liverpool can take advantage of the situation at Internazionale as Antonio Conte resigns from the job. The Italian just won Serie A.

Antonio Conte resigns as Internazionale boss and that may open an interesting door for Liverpool. It certainly creates a bit of chaos.

Inter just won Serie A, of course, yet Conte leaves the club after just two seasons. It’s a shock move but one that does have an explanation.

Per Fabrizio Romano in the Guardian, Conte quit after learning of Inter’s plans this summer. They want to make around £70m in player sales this summer to make up for financial losses.

Conte, however, hoped to build on Inter’s success this season to improve the side further. Instead, they’ll be heading backwards.

In truth, they’ll likely have to sell more than £70m worth of players, given they’ll also have to replace those they let go. Making that much money in a summer certainly isn’t easy – perhaps Liverpool could lend them a hand.

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Inter have several players worth considering. Lautaro Martinez is a very interesting striker, while Achraf Hakimi looks set to be a star. There will be many clubs hoping to get Romelu Lukaku this summer, too.

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But for us, one player stands above the rest – Nico Barella.

Liverpool have been linked with Barella before. Interlive says they’d pay around £56m for the Italian midfielder. And honestly, he’s easily worth that.

Barella is potentially one of the world’s best midfield players. Fabio Capello believes he already is, in fact, labelling him ‘one of the top three in Europe’.

This is a player labelled the ‘Sardinian Steven Gerrard’ when he was younger – Barella has always been a player of great potential and appears to be fulfilling it.

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And Liverpool could use a new centre-midfielder. Gini Wijnaldum will leave this summer, of course, leaving a big gap in Jurgen Klopp’s options.

Barella could quite comfortably fill that gap. In fact, he could do more than that. Both Jordan Henderson and Thiago are 30, meaning Liverpool must replace them over the next few years.

Barella, having turned 24 in February, would be perfectly placed to lead Liverpool’s next great midfield. He’s certainly good enough.

We imagine Inter would rather raise their cash through one or two big sales, rather than tearing up half their squad. So with that in mind, now is the time to tempt them with an offer for Barella.

We think it could all fit together perfectly for Liverpool.

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