Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing the young Italian this summer.

According to Sardinian media outlet La Nuova Sardegna, Liverpool are set to step up their pursuit of Cagliari midfield ace Nicolo Barella ahead of the summer transfer window.

Jürgen Klopp will be desperate to add more competition for places to his midfield department in the summer, with James Milner on the wrong side of 32, and Emre Can set to leave Anfield for pastures new.

La Nuova Sardegna claim that Liverpool are keen on signing the 21-year-old, who is valued at around €45 million (£39.4 million), although they will face competition from the likes of Roma, Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund.

Would Barella be a good signing for Liverpool?

The Italian is a classy operator, and possesses wonderful technical ability. He is cool and composed when in possession of the football, and has the ability to dictate the tempo of the game from the middle of the park.

Barella is a tireless worker, and possesses an impressive engine, He is small in stature, however, and the one question mark hanging over his head would be whether he has the physical attributes needed to be a success in the Premier League.

Whilst £39.4 million seems like a lot of money for an unproven commodity, the current state of the market means that there are not many bargains available anymore.

Barella has bags of potential, and for the price mentioned, he might just be worth taking a punt on.

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