Liverpool enter race to sign £45m-rated Italian midfielder labelled ‘the next Steven Gerrard’

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By Scott Mason – @ScottMason00

Liverpool have entered the race to sign Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella, according to The Express.

The Italian midfielder’s performances in the Serie A have caught the attention of Jurgen Klopp, with Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri also keen to bring the £45 million rated midfielder to the Premier League.

Barella can play as a box-to-box midfielder and has even been compared to a Liverpool legend by La Gazzetta dello sport, who labelled him the ‘next Steven Gerrard’.

The 21-year-old’s ball retaining and tackling skills have also projected him as a promising midfielder with the Italians, making more tackles and interceptions (76) than any other player under-23 in the Serie A.

The Italian is currently sitting at number six for balls won by a midfielder in the Serie A with 64 as well as being number six for distance run (11,684km).

A deal for the midfielder in January though seems almost unlikely with Cagliari sporting director Mario Pasetti stating that: “he’ll stay for at least the next six months”.

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