Liverpool report: Reds want star Italian midfielder - but so do Chelsea

Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wants to bolster his midfield this summer (Image credit: Getty Images)

Liverpool and Chelsea are both considering summer swoops for Inter midfielder Nicolo Barella, according to reports.

After a disappointing season, the Reds are expected to embark on a squad rebuild ahead of the 2023/24 campaign.

Jurgen Klopp will be particularly keen to bolster his options in the engine room, which has been a key weak point this term.

Todd Boehly

Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly is likely to splash the cash again this summer (Image credit: Getty)

Chelsea have spent around £600m since Todd Boehly completed his takeover of the club last summer, yet the Blues are in the bottom half of the Premier League table as the end of the season approaches.

Chelsea will probably splash the cash again this summer, but they will face stiff competition in their pursuit of Barella.

According to the Italian publication Calciomercato, Inter are willing to sell the Italy international for £43.9m.

Nicolo Barella

Liverpool and Chelsea are both chasing Inter midfielder Nicolo Barella, reports say (Image credit: Getty)

That should be well within the reach of Liverpool and Chelsea, both of whom spent considerably more on individual players last summer.

The Blues sold Jorginho in January and could lose N'Golo Kante, who is out of contract in June, and Mason Mount this summer.

Barella is considered a top midfield target, although much will depend on who succeeds Frank Lampard at the end of the season.

Jude Bellingham

Liverpool have made Borussia Dortmund's Jude Bellingham their top transfer target (Image credit: Getty)

As for Liverpool, they will continue their push to sign Jude Bellingham, but Barella could be a decent back-up option.

A Serie A title winner with Inter in 2021, the 26-year-old is approaching the prime of his career and would be able to hit the ground running.

A 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Sunday has left Liverpool 12 points adrift of the top four.

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Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).