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The Italy international has been linked with a number of clubs in the Premier League including the Blues.
Sky Italia journalist Ghilda Pensante has opined that Arsenal are showing more interest in signing Italian international Nicola Barella, who has been closely linked with a move to their west London rivals Chelsea. The player currently plies his trade at the Serie A club Cagliari and has attracted interest from a number of top clubs in Europe including Manchester United, Liverpool, Napoli and Juventus.
Pensante said, “Barella is a very young central midfielder, who combines very good technique and strong personality. He is going to be 22 next month and he already made his debut with the national team in October 2018 after playing with the under-21 team. At present the most likely option for him is to stay with Cagliari until the end of the season, but the closest club to Barella in Serie A is Napoli, who could only close the deal for him in January if Allan leaves them.”
She added, “Sarri at Chelsea really likes the player, but the Premier League club we know has been showing more interest in him is Arsenal. At present we think Napoli are the advanced, compared to the other clubs. Also we know that Sarri really likes the player but Chelsea are not so convinced by him. It’s more Sarri than Chelsea at the moment so maybe Sarri needs to convince Chelsea that the player is worth trying and trying again for, before other clubs close the deal.”
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