​Inter are allegedly close to completing the signing of Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella for a staggering fee of €50m.

The 22-year-old has had a superb season for the Rossoblu, featuring 35 times as the club successfully staved off relegation. Though the all-rounder netted just once, his vast skill-set and intelligence on the ball were vital in keeping Cagliari afloat.

​​​Corriere dello Sport write that the youngster has agreed a contract to leave his boyhood side and could be unveiled as a Nerrazzurri player as soon as Monday, kick-starting a crucial summer of investment for the club.

Nicolo Barella

Officials from the ​Champions League outfit will look to finalise a deal when they speak with their counterpart's president Tommaso Giulini at an upcoming meeting involving all ​Serie A sides.

Barella is currently on international duty with Italy, for whom he scored his first goal in March, as they prepare for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Greece and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The transfer represents savvy business for ​Inter, who appear to have beaten several elite clubs to the starlet's signature. Rivals ​Juventus and ​Napoli were believed to be keeping an eye on Barella, whilst ​Chelsea and ​Manchester United were also sniffing around.

Having twice been named as the best Italian footballer born in 1997, the Milanese are adding a sizeable talent - who is equally adept in a defensive capacity as he is on the attack - to their underperforming squad.


Barella is precisely the kind of fearless, hungry player that incoming manager Antonio Conte needs to reinvigorate the sleeping giants, with the midfielder's leadership qualities also well-documented.

The €50m sum will no doubt turn a few heads given the relative anonymity he has outside of his homeland, but that could prove to be a bargain in the long-term. With time to develop and grow, Barella may blossom into a truly devastating weapon in the Inter engine room.