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Saturday November 3 2018
Inter v Juventus for Barella

Cagliari midfielder Nicolò Barella is at the centre of a bidding war between Juventus and Inter, with Beppe Marotta playing a key role.

According to Tuttosport, the 21-year-old Italy international will be on the market next summer and the main contenders are Inter and Juve.

Marotta was until last week the director general of Juventus, but he was pushed out of the post and is widely expected to sign for Inter within weeks or even days.

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Friday November 2 2018
Cagliari: ‘No Barella offers’

Cagliari sporting director Marcello Carli insists “nobody” has asked for Nicolò Barella, as they’ve made it clear they don’t want to sell.

The young midfielder is one of the rising stars of Italian football, and has been linked with the likes of Napoli, Inter and Juventus.

“He must continue to improve, because when you stop striving to improve it’s over,” Carli told Corriere dello Sport,

“He has 10 years with the national team ahead of him.

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Thursday November 1 2018
Cagliari: ‘Barella isn’t for sale’

Cagliari general manager Mario Passetti insists “we’re not interested” in offers for rising star Nicolò Barella.

The midfielder has been linked with Napoli and Inter in recent weeks, and his profile has only grown after some impressive performances for Italy.

“We don’t know what his price is and we’re not interested,” Passetti said on Radio Marte.

“We’re continuing the path of growth for the team, which is just starting to bear the first fruits.

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Wednesday October 31 2018
Serie A free kicks in 15-year low

Only three free kicks have been scored in Serie A this season, but Andrea Pirlo insists the 15-year low is only ‘a bad run’.

Despite the League being littered with set-piece specialists, only Nicolo Barella, Cristiano Biraghi and Aleksandar Kolarov have found the target in the opening 10 weeks of 2018-19.

Not since 2003 have there been so few free kicks scored, and Pirlo was quizzed on why the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lorenzo Insigne and Hakan Calhanoglu had yet to get off the mark.

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Saturday October 20 2018
Barella: 'Move for ambition, not money'

Sought-after Nicolò Barella assures he would “not leave Cagliari for money, but only for ambition,” with a hint that will please Inter.

The 21-year-old midfielder has been very impressive in Serie A this season and earned his first two Italy caps this month.

He has been linked with the likes of Milan, Inter, Napoli, Roma, Juventus, Liverpool and Chelsea.

“If and when I was to leave Cagliari, it would never be for money, but only for ambition,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport’s SportWeek magazine.

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Friday October 19 2018
Cagliari: If Barella wants CL...

Cagliari owner Tommaso Giulini says he will not stand in the way of Nicolo Barella if the midfielder wants to play in the Champions League.

Barella’s performances for Cagliari and Italy have seen him linked with several Champions League clubs, including Inter, Juventus and Liverpool, and Giulini accepted the starlet could outgrow the Rossoblu.

“Nicolo finally has a Coach [in Rolando Maran], who can give him a lot,” he told Tuttosport.

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Thursday October 18 2018
Arsenal join Barella race

Arsenal are also now in the race for Cagliari midfielder Nicolò Barella and not put off by the €50m asking price.

The 21-year-old made his senior Italy debut last week and impressed in both a 1-1 draw with Ukraine and 1-0 Nations League victory in Poland.

He has already been heavily linked with the likes of Milan, Inter, Juventus, Roma, Napoli, Liverpool and Chelsea.

Now Arsenal are in the mix too and not scared by his €50m price-tag.

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Wednesday October 17 2018
Barella: 'Never hold back a tackle'

Cagliari midfielder Nicolò Barella is “proud” to be of interest to so many top clubs after his senior Italy debut. “I never hold back in a tackle.”

The 21-year-old was one of the most impressive players in the 1-1 friendly draw with Ukraine and 1-0 Nations League victory in Poland.

“If I reached the Nazionale, it is down to my teammates who allowed me to give my best. I want to thank all of them, both those at Cagliari and on international duty,” Barella told Sky Sport Italia.

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Wednesday October 17 2018
'Barella only focused on Cagliari, but...'

Nicolo Barella’s father says while the midfielder is ‘only focused’ on Cagliari, he is ‘not clear’ on what his future holds.

Barella’s stock has skyrocketed after his performances in Italy’s midfield during the international break, adding to reported interest from the likes of Inter, Milan and Liverpool.

“I agree [with the praise] and it’s nice to be told this,” father Luca told FCInterNews.it.

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Tuesday October 16 2018
Iachini: 'Italy build on Chiesa and Barella'

Former Sassuolo Coach Beppe Iachini trusts Italy can “build a new era” on talents like Federico Chiesa and Nicolò Barella.

The Azzurri secured their Nations League A status with a last-gasp victory in Poland on Sunday night thanks to Fiorentina full-back Cristiano Biraghi.

“Roberto Mancini’s project with the Nazionale is starting to take shape and the team plays good football,” Iachini told RMC Sport Radio.

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