In a deal estimated to be valued approximately £50 million, Newcastle United is working tirelessly to finalize the spectacular signing of Inter Milan’s pivotal midfielder Nicolo Barella.
Barella was a crucial component of Inter’s midfield as they won both of Italy’s domestic cuPrep competitions and advanced to the Champions League final, where they fell just short to Manchester City.
According to Sky Sports News, Newcastle have set aside the majority of their transfer budget to buy two midfielders, with James Maddison of Leicester City being their secondary priority.
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Bruno Guimaraes, a player from Brazil, needs to play further up the field, and Newcastle has been anxious to add a No. 6 this summer. Barella would be a fantastic improvement over Jonjo Shelvey, who was allowed to depart for Nottingham Forest back in January.
According to numerous sources, after days of hard negotiations, an agreement is believed to be within approach. However, there is still work to be done to bring about a settlement. If they succeed, Barella would surpass all other Newcastle employees in earnings, making a significant statement about the team’s growing appeal.
In order to develop the first team, manager Eddie Howe has vehemently claimed that he needs at least two “elite players” rather than dividing up a small budget among squad players. Barella, an Italian with 43 caps, fits the bill and has emerged over the past two years as one of the greatest deep lying midfielders in Europe.
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He is also a goal threat for Inter, having netted eight goals in 35 league games, including three during their run to the Champions League final. Barella has a tireless work ethic in addition to being skilled at creating plays from the back by receiving the ball from the goalkeeper or the defenders. Howe has been searching for a player of his caliber ever since he was hired back in November 2021, therefore his signing would be a major accomplishment and fill him with joy.
However, the signing will need making compromises in other areas. There is increasing hope that Newcastle and Leicester City’s Maddison will come to an agreement on a transfer fee as their chase of Maddison continues. Newcastle is unwilling to pay the £60 million that the newly demoted Championship team has demanded, while Tottenham Hotspur has also expressed interest.
If Newcastle wants to acquire more players during this window, they will have to hunt hard elsewhere for value given the likely arrival of these two household names. This explains their keen interest in Felix Nmecha, a midfielder for Wolfsburg and a Germany international. The 22 years old, who began his football career at Manchester City and represented England in his age group, would cost between £12 and $15 million.
In the hopes of finding another steal, Newcastle is also keeping a close eye on players at other demoted teams. Kyle Walker-Peters of Southampton, a fullback who can play on both the left and right side of defense, is a particularly fascinating choice.