€50m midfielder ‘proud’ of Liverpool links

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Cagliari midfielder Nico Barella has discussed his potential exit, amid interest from Premier League giants Liverpool and Manchester United.

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The 21-year-old has a €50m release clause and is excelling in Serie A this term, despite his club sitting just above the relegation zone.

“I’m not the one who sorts out the transfers,” Barella told Calcio Mercato via Sport Witness.

“It’s the agents, presidents and clubs who do that. I only think about Cagliari and to stay up in the league. We’ll see about the rest.

“The interest from big clubs is pleasing, and makes me proud. It means I’m doing the right things.”

Stylistically, Barella is feisty, technically strong and provides leadership centrally. In this respect, he reminds us of Arturo Vidal or Radja Naingollan – but with plenty more years on his side.

His performances have earned him two caps for Italy, which resulted in Andrea Pirlo paying Barella an enormous compliment.

However, we can’t see Liverpool buying Barella for the money it would cost, when Fabinho is yet to even get in the side. Naby Keita has also begun slowly and while we’re trying to coax the summer signings into the starting XI, we don’t need another play in need of minutes.

If we were to get a new midfielder, it would need to be an attacking playmaker, of the Coutinho ilk, not a battler.

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