Long standing Liverpool transfer target Nicolo Barella is set to be offered a new contract to help ward off interest, meaning Liverpool will have to act quickly to secure his signature.
Barella’s current contract is not set to expire until June 2024. However it is believed his current club Inter Milan wish to extend this by another year in an attempt to keep the 24-year-old happy.
According to Gazzetta, the Italian news outlet, Inter Milan consider Barella to be a highly important player and as such will offer the Italian international a wage rise to keep him at the club.
Nicolo Barella would be perfect for Liverpool
The departure of Gini Wijnaldum, paired with the injury records of Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Fabinho, means recruitment in midfield is essential.
Barella closely matches the skillset of the outgoing Wijnaldum as he has proved to be dynamic and versatile. At just 24, Barella has already played a key role in helping his club win Serie A and also his country in winning the European Championships.
Amid the current injury concerns surrounding many of the Liverpool midfielders, Barella has proved to be durable, playing in all but two league games last season and featuring in each of Italy’s six matches at the European Championships.
Barella displayed his versatility this summer as he switched from the deeper role he is deployed in for his club, to a more advanced number eight position for Italy. He scored one goal and assisted two more at the competition but impressed with his pressing and ability on the ball.
It has previously been reported that Liverpool are willing to offer up to £60 million for the young play-maker and, with the current trajectory of the transfer market, this may prove to be a fraction of his worth in the near future.
What RTK has to say
Signing a midfielder has to be a priority for Liverpool. It is an area of the squad which already needed reinforcing, before even considering this summer’s departures.
Barella’s talent is undoubted and there are few midfielders who could have his immediate impact while still having the best years ahead of them.
Players like Barella do not come cheap and it may be determined that these funds could be better spent across a number of targets. However I suspect that, if he is available and open to the idea of coming to Anfield, then Liverpool would not waste such an opportunity to recruit someone of his ability.