Fabrizio Romano explains why Spurs’ pursuit of midfielder ‘will be difficult’ 

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Italian transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Tottenham Hotspur will find it difficult to snap up Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella as the Serie A giants are determined to keep hold of him. 

Barella has gone from strength to strength since arriving at Inter in 2019 and is now a regular feature in Roberto Mancini’s Italian line up ahead of the Euros in the summer.

CalcioMercato reported in January that Spurs had their eyes on the midfielder, whose current deal at the San Siro runs until 2024. The report also suggested that Liverpool were ready to push Tottenham for the Inter star’s signature. 

However, Romano has revealed that Antonio Conte’s side are unlikely to listen to any offers for the former Cagliari man when the transfer window opens in the summer.

He revealed that the Nerrazuri are working on a contract extension for the midfielder in an effort to keep him at the San Siro.

When asked about Tottenham’s rumoured pursuit of Barella, Romano told Que Golazo podcast: “I always get questions about Tottenham when I talk about Barella, because there are a lot of rumours about Tottenham coming in for him in the summer and everything.

“I agree with you, we’re talking about a fantastic player and probably in this moment, the best Italian midfielder along with Marco Verratti, so we’re talking about an amazing talent.

“But what I’m told is that Inter are not going to hear any bid next summer for Barella, they want to keep the player, so at the moment there is nothing with Tottenham.

“He is staying and Inter are working to extend his contract, so soon they will make an official proposal to Barella to extend his contract and I think he’s staying at Inter next season, so it will be difficult for Tottenham to get Barella.”

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It is understandable why a central midfield partner for Hojbjerg would be one of Jose Mourinho’s priorities in the summer as it seems like neither Sissoko nor Winks have done enough to convince the Spurs boss.

One would expect at least one of those two to depart in the summer but with Oliver Skipp looking more and more like a readymade product with each passing game for Norwich, it remains to be seen if Spurs would be prepared to spend big on a central midfielder.

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