Cagliari president Tommaso Giulini has claimed that Chelsea may have to spend more than the £43 million that Nicolo Barella is currently valued at.
Barella has become one of the most sought after midfielders in Serie A over the past few seasons with some stunning performances for Cagliari, with a number of Premier League clubs interested in bringing him to the Premier League in the summer transfer window.
However, it is boss Maurizio Sarri who is showing the keenest interest in the £43 million midfielder and was desperate to try and bring him to the premier League during the January transfer window as a possible replacement for Cesc Fabregas, who left for Monaco.
When asked about Barella’s €50 million (£42.7m) valuation, Giulini admitted the midfielder’s price tag will only rise.
‘Maybe it’ll take more, seeing as next year it is his beloved Cagliari’s Centenary,’ Giulini said on the Corriere Dello Sport website
‘I don’t know what his future holds, but he is a player who can grow a great deal more. We hope he can continue to do that while wearing our jersey.
‘It’s banal to make the comparison, but he does remind me of Radja Nainggolan, even if Nicolo is more technically-gifted than Radja.’
Meanwhile, we have been told they will have to splash around £130 million to sign Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly in the summer transfer window.
The 27-year-old has been become one of the most coveted centre-backs in world football since joining Napoli in 2014 and has been heavily tipped to leave Napoli at the end of the season and make the move to the Premier League.
Maurizio Sarri may be under fire right now, but he is still eyeing up possible summer transfer deals and would love to acquire a defender that has all the qualities to make a real impact on the back-line, especially a player that he knows inside and out.
But according to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Serie A club’s president Aurelio de Laurentiis is demanding a world-record fee for a defender and has told any chasing suitor that they will need to splash around £130 million to secure a deal for the Senegalese powerhouse.