Chelsea closely monitoring €65m-rated Serie A midfielder

The battle to sign Nicolo Barella on the summer transfer window continues to heat up. The London giants are the latest club to have been linked with the 24-year-old midfielder, who is also the subject of interest from Liverpool and Man United.

Barella has been a midfield performer par excellence in Serie A since joining Inter Milan from Cagliari. Initially signed on loan by the Nerazzurri, Nicolo made such a rapid impression at San Siro that a permanent switch was duly completed as well.

A pivotal contributor to Inter Milan’s 2020/21 Serie A triumph, Nicolo has so far notched up a tally of seven goals and 21 assists in 87 games for the Italian giants. He was also an integral member of the Italy side that won UEFA Euro 2020 and it is hardly surprising that he has attracted the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United.

Blues are now the latest entrants in the race to sign the Italian international, although their interest comes as a bit of a surprise. After all, the Blues have three of the best midfielders on their roster in Kovacic, Kante and Jorginho. However, following Gilmour’s loan move to Norwich City, a space in the midfield unit has opened up.

To fill this void, Chelsea have been linked with Eduardo Camavinga, who is also a target for Man United. And Nicolo has now emerged on the Blues’ radar, with Liverpool and Man United being their rivals in pursuit of the 24-year-old.

However, Inter Milan are determined to keep hold of the Italian midfielder, who they view as their next captain once Samir Handanovic calls it quits at San Siro.