Tottenham interested in Nicolo Barella

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in Inter Milan and Italy midfielder Nicolo Barella this summer.

According to Il Messaggero, Tottenham Hotspur have set their sights on a potential move for Inter Milan midfield mainstay Nicolo Barella in the ongoing transfer window.

Barella has been one of the standout performers in Italy over the past couple of years. His rise in prominence has been key to Inter Milan’s return to the top in Italian football. He was also a part of the Azzurri squad that won the UEFA Euro 2020 last year. 

Even though Barella’s performances dipped somewhat towards the second half of the 2021/22 season, the midfielder is rated as one of the best in his position in the Italian top flight. He has been on the radars of some top clubs across Europe, with Real Madrid having had their sights on the 25-year-old for a long time, while clubs in England have also shown an interest.

Tottenham Hotspur have emerged as one such interested party in securing Barella’s services. The Lilywhites have already strengthened their midfield unit this summer with the addition of Yves Bissouma, who arrived from Brighton & Hove Albion. However, it seems like Antonio Conte could be looking to add another body in the centre of the park.

Barella being chased by Tottenham (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Barella being chased by Tottenham (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Tottenham will look to get rid of both Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele permanently this summer, while Harry Winks is also on the exit ramp. Despite that, the Lilywhites can still call upon Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Oliver Skipp and Rodrigo Bentancur, whereas youngster Pape Matar Sarr is also back in contention after returning from his loan spell.

However, Sarr is being targeted by AC Milan this summer, while Skipp had some fitness problems last summer. With Conte planning to build a team that can challenge Manchester City and Liverpool at the time, another quality addition in the midfield department can come in handy, as Tottenham will be competing on multiple fronts.

Tottenham have been looking for a creative midfielder such as James Maddison. And while Barella is not exactly a like-for-like alternative, the Italian has the ability and vision to fashion chances for his teammates. His work rate and technical ability, coupled with his know-how of Conte’s tactical setup, would make him a seamless fit at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Signing him might not be the easiest of tasks as Inter Milan will fight hard to keep hold of one of their most important players. But a big offer could tempt them into considering a sale as the Nerazzurri are not in the pink of health financially.

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