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Saturday March 23 2019
Capello: 'Bernardeschi hesitates'

Fabio Capello is impressed with the new generation of Italy players, above all Nicolò Zaniolo and Nicolò Barella, but has advice for Federico Bernardeschi.

The Azzurri host Finland at 19.45 GMT in the opening Euro 2020 qualifier.

“I really like Barella, but Zaniolo has stunned me for how quickly he has progressed and is continuing to improve,” Capello told Radio Deejay.

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Saturday March 23 2019
Cagliari: 'Barella costs over €50m'

Cagliari President Tommaso Giulini confirms Napoli and Chelsea came closer than Inter to Nicolò Barella, but “it’ll take more than €50m.”

The Italy international midfielder is set to start in tonight’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Finland, having become an Azzurri regular under Coach Roberto Mancini.

This also helped boost his profile abroad and a move to a bigger club is expected over the summer.

“Barella was never close to a January exit,” Giulini told the Corriere dello Sport newspaper.

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Thursday March 21 2019
Barella: Flattered by Radja, but...

Cagliari and Italy starlet Nicolo Barella admits that while he is flattered by Radja Nainggolan comparisons, Luka Modric is the player he most looks up to.

Barella is considered to be Nainggolan’s spiritual heir at Cagliari and has won praise for his performances as a No 10 this season.

“It’s a nice compliment, for me he’s one of the three best midfielders in Serie A,” he said at a Press conference for Italy’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Finland.

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Thursday March 21 2019
Big names set for Euro U21

Federico Chiesa, Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Pellegrini are reportedly free to represent Italy at this summer’s European Under-21 Championship.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Italy CT Roberto Mancini has given Azzurrini boss Luigi Di Biagio permission to select the trio for the tournament, which will be played on the peninsula.

The website writes they should be joined in the squad by fellow starlets Moise Kean, Gianluca Mancini and Nicolo Zaniolo.

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Saturday March 2 2019
Arsenal scouts watch Barella

Arsenal reportedly had scouts in the stands watching Cagliari midfielder Nicolò Barella against Inter, but the asking price is €50m.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Gunners had representatives at the Sardegna Arena on Friday evening during the 2-1 Cagliari victory.

While Barella put in a strong performance to help his team to victory, he also missed a late penalty by blazing it over the bar.

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Friday March 1 2019
Maran: 'Cagliari night to remember'

Rolando Maran praised Cagliari for the “perfect game and a night to remember” as they defeated third-place Inter.

The Sardinians had not beaten Inter on home turf in Serie A since 2013, but emerged victorious thanks to a Luca Ceppitelli header and Leonardo Pavoletti volley.

It could’ve been 3-1, but Nicolò Barella missed a penalty in stoppages.

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Friday March 1 2019
Barella: 'I want to forget the penalty!'

Nicolò Barella discussed the Cagliari victory over Inter, battle with Radja Nainggolan and what happened on that missed penalty.

“We put in a great performance, we knew we had to play with this spirit, we’d been improving and this was another step forward,” the midfielder told Sky Sport Italia.

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Wednesday February 6 2019
Report: Barella rejected Chelsea

Chelsea reportedly agreed a €50m fee with Cagliari for Nicolo Barella in January, only for the midfielder to reject the move.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Cagliari were ready to replace Barella with Boca Juniors’ €21m-rated Nahitan Nandez.

However, the website writes that despite the five-year, €25m contract offered to the Italy international, he stayed in Sardinia for family reasons.

Nonetheless, a spree for the 21-year-old is expected in the summer, with Inter, Napoli and Juventus all ready to do battle.

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Monday January 21 2019
Barella: My midfield idol...

Cagliari and Italy starlet Nicolo Barella has revealed the midfielder he most idolised growing up – ex-Lazio and Inter man Dejan Stankovic.

Inter are among the clubs Barella has been linked with this month, while Stankovic made over 300 appearances for the Nerazzurri between 2014 and 2013.

When asked who he most looked up to as a schoolboy, the 21-year-old replied: “Stankovic.

“I loved his determination as a child. I still remember his great goal from midfield.”

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Friday January 18 2019
Barella slams door on Napoli

Reports are spreading that Cagliari midfielder Nicolò Barella slammed the door on Napoli, leaving Inter as the favourites.

There had already been suggestions on Sportmediaset today that Inter were back in front of the chasing pack, which includes Chelsea, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain.

Now Sportitalia transfer pundit Alfredo Pedullà maintains Barella himself made it clear he has no intention of joining Napoli, whether it is in January or next season.

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