Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella will not be leaving the Italian side in the January transfer window, the club’s president has confirmed.
The Italian international has reportedly been tracked by the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal, Inter Milan, Juventus and Roma. However, Tomasso Giulini has stated that they do not want to lose the midfield enforcer:
“No, in January we should replace Castro who as you know is out until the end of the season. We want to have a player who will help us to replace him properly, we certainly do not want to lose our best player.”
Barella spoke out in October about the interest from big clubs, saying at the time he was “proud” of the links, but it seems he won’t be moving away from his current club before the end of the season.
The 21-year-old is said to be valued at €50m (£44.5m) by Cagliari after establishing himself as one of the brightest young talents in Italy.
He is already playing in his third full season as a first-team player in the top flight and was given his first senior cap for the Italian national side back in October.
Manager Roberto Mancini has picked Barella to start in all four of the senior side’s games since his debut against Ukraine.