After a long period of time, Liverpool’s midfielders, Jordan Henderson and Fabinho, are getting older, and a generational change is in the offing.
As soon as the Premier League ended, the club got off to a good start by acquiring Argentine midfielder Alexis Mac Allister, who led Brighton to a sixth-place finish.
After that, however, things stagnated a bit. In addition to the French U-21 midfielder duo, the Spanish U-21 midfielder and others have been mentioned as possible candidates, while gossip papers in the Italian side continue to report interest in Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella may be on his way to a move this summer.
According to Italian newspaper Il Tempo, Liverpool are preparing a £68m offer for the Italian midfielder and are ready to outbid Manchester United and Newcastle United, who are also interested.
The player, who is under contract until 2026, has been rumored to challenge for the Premier League for some time. With his abundance of athleticism and strong performances both offensively and defensively, he has scored 20 goals and provided 44 assists in 187 games for Inter. He has also scored eight goals in 44 games for the national team.
The former Cagliari midfielder, who has developed into one of Serie A’s leading midfielders, may leave the club this summer, and Simone Inzaghi is reportedly looking for a successor, who may make the step up to England.
However, there is no way Liverpool would spend £68m for his service at Anfield. The top priority is a player like Nice midfielder Khephren Thuram, who combines height and strength, and Barella meets neither of the requirements.
Newcastle, also in the market for Italian midfielder Sandro Tonari, are unlikely to extend their hand to their countryman. Manchester United is also not eyeing Serie A, preferring Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount.
At the moment, the 26-year-old midfielder is most likely to stay in Italy, but will he defy expectations and make his first move to the Premier League?