Liverpool remain interested in Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella amid links with a host of others, though his price tag may prove too high.
Barella has emerged as a coveted player in this summer’s transfer window, with Newcastle among those credited with an interest in the 26-year-old.
However, Liverpool are described as “similarly interested” as they “feel his energy fits with exactly what they want from a second midfielder to complement Alexis Mac Allister.”
The next priority will be to fill the right-sided role, and Barella fits the bill, though Delaney stresses that, like Newcastle, Liverpool “believe the price is currently far too high.”
Inter, who paid around £40 million to sign their No. 23 from Cagliari in 2020, are looking for £80 million, with Newcastle only willing to pay £50 million.
It will be a similar situation at Anfield, with alternative targets, namely OGC Nice’s Khephren Thuram, viewed as “more affordable.”
Nevertheless, ongoing interest in Barella suggests Liverpool will continue to monitor the situation like their counterparts at St James’ Park.
Newcastle themselves could opt to pursue other midfielders, with Thuram having been linked in the past, though Delaney touts AC Milan’s Sandro Tonali and Chelsea‘s Conor Gallagher as the possibilities.
It is, of course, no surprise that Liverpool are interested in Barella, particularly given his profile – and this is not the first time they have been linked.
Claims go back as far as 2018 in his native Italy, while as recently as this summer Liverpool journalist Neil Jones reaffirmed interest.
“When we saw the [previous] game [when Inter beat Salernitana 5-0], we were really happy Barella is not playing,” he told reporters, “because he set up I think three or four!”
But the difference between Liverpool holding an interest and pushing for a transfer appears to be at least £30 million at this stage.