Premier League giants battle to sign £58.5m Italian star

Liverpool are reportedly set to battle it out with Arsenal to sign Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella in the summer transfer window.

Barella is one of the most talented young midfielders in the world and has risen to prominence with his stellar displays for the Serie A champions. The Italian international, who is valued at £58.5m, still has three years left on his current contract.

According to reports, though, Inter are set to offload several players this summer due to their dire financial situation, and Barella is tipped to be one of the players heading for the exit.

Liverpool are on the lookout for a central midfielder. The Merseyside club have parted ways with Georginio Wijnaldum and could also sell Naby Keita in the summer, opening the door for the arrival of Barella.

But they face stiff competition from Arsenal, who are looking to revamp their squad after a dismal 2020-21 campaign. The Gunners lacked creativity over the course of the season and with Martin Odegaard and Dani Ceballos set to return to Real Madrid after their loan spells, they are short on options in central midfield.

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