Opinion: Why a deal for Nicolo Barella now makes perfect sense for Tottenham

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After securing all three points in The Derby d’Italia, with midfielder Nicolo Barella’s goal securing a well-earned 2-0 victory in Turin, Inter Milan now sit second in Seria A, just three points off arch-rivals AC.

Barella has been an integral player for Antonio Conte’s side this season, starting 15 games in the league out of a possible 18, with 2 goals and 6 assists to his name (transfermarkt).

His stellar performances justify the faith his manager has shown in him, which is a testament, as Conte, throughout his managerial career, tends to side with more experienced players.

Tottenham and Liverpool have reportedly been keeping a close eye on the Italian, with Calciomercato stating that his performances have caused ‘English Sirens’.

Now, this might just be paper talk but, given Inter Milan’s financial issues due to COVID 19, there could be more to it (AS).

The Nerazzuri are under pressure after not paying their players wages from July and August, something that has to be done by the end of next month in order to avoid any penalties.

Could this result in Inter selling their prized assets in order to raise funds?

With Dele Alli’s future up in the air, Jose Mourinho will surely be targeting a replacement in the summer. Barella’s eye for a pass and energy would form a formidable partnership next to Pierre Emile Hojbjerg.

Gazzetta dello Sport recently claimed that he was the best Italian midfielder in the world right now. The likes of Verratti and Jorginho might have something to say about that. But none the less, the 23-year-old is a player with a big future ahead for both club and country.

However, a player of his quality on a contract until 2024 will not come cheap. Inter will want a profit on the £44 million they paid Cagliari in the summer of 2019, regardless of the financial situation they find themselves in.

It’s a deal that is highly unlikely without an extortionate offer, but maybe it’s an opportunity that Spurs should seriously consider before the more financially dominant clubs come sniffing.

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