Arsenal eye up £45 million deal despite Chelsea talks to sign Barella
Reports have claimed Arsenal are interested in signing Chelsea target Nicolo Barella from Cagliari.
The 21-year-old Italy international, who is under contract at the Serie A side until 2022, has been linked with Chelsea in recent days as Maurizio Sarri seeks a replacement for Cesc Fabregas.
Fabregas is heading to Monaco and Sarri has already admitted that he may need a signing this month, as the Spaniard will leave him with only five midfielders.
And Barella, who is regarded as an outstanding talent, has become a top transfer target after another impressive start to the new season, in which his performances has attracted interest from a whole host of big clubs.
Reports have even gone as far to say that Chelsea are in talks with the midfielder in hope of sealing a deal this month, but are not happy with paying the £45 million that Cagliair are seeking.
But according to Gianluca Di Marzio.com, Arsenal ahve now entered the chase to sign the highly-rated 21-year old and are prepared to meet the asking price of Cagliari, although they are not prepared to do a deal this month and are keen to wait until the summer.
However, the Italians are prepared to sell this month and will sell to Chelsea if the Blues come around to what the player is worth now, and will eventually be worth in a few seasons time.
Here is what we think.
Both Arsenal and Chelsea are two of the richest clubs in world football and Cagliari know they have an opportunity on their hands to push for more than what Barella is currently worth right now.
The lad clearly has potential and will obviously become a top player, but right now both sides are not in desperate need of another midfielder and should focus on the areas of the pitch which need improvement.
Both have issues at the back and although Barella is a top talent, other areas should be improved first.