After a lengthy negotiation, Inter managed to sign Nicolò Barella from Cagliari, with a strong assist by the player who refused other destinations even if the talks between the two teams stalled for a while. The formula chosen is season-long loan with obligation to buy and the total package, including some bonuses, will cost around €45M. The 22-year-old midfielder has penned a five-year contract.
Barella has had a steady rise over the last three years in Sardinia, to the point where he became a centre-piece of the Italian national team too. He accumulated 112 appearances with the Rossoblù, scoring seven times and collecting six assists. He had his most prolific campaign in 2017/2018, where he tallied six goals, three on penalties.
Inter likely envision him as a younger version of Radja Nainggolan, whom they quite openly put on the market due to his off-the-field behaviors. Barella shares the same gritty and energetic style, but he is not as polished in the final third, even though he featured as no.10 in the last few months of last season, improving his offensive game. He could make the final leap if he cleaned up some disciplinary issues, as he picked up 31 yellow cards and two red cards in 100 Serie A games. He can play in any central position in the midfield, but he will mostly be deployed as box-to-box.
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