Inter Milan are set to make a summer move for reported Chelsea target Nicolo Barella, according to Tuttomercatoweb.

The Blues have been linked with the Cagliari midfielder for a number of months, as they eye up summer reinforcements.

Their midfield has been criticised for being too one-dimensional this season, with Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic coming in for particular criticism.

Barella’s creativity is seen as something that can be a valuable addition, but Chelsea now face stiff competition for his signature.

Inter are believed to be in pole position, partly because the 22-year-old favours remaining in Italy.

The Nerazzurri are willing to offer €30million plus youngsters Facundo Colidio and Lorenzo Gavioli, rather than the €50million demanded, although it is not yet known if Cagliari will accept it.

A five-year deal is being mooted, meaning Barella would be an Inter player until the summer of 2024.

It is now up to Chelsea to respond, should their interest in the Italy international remain serious.


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