Roma Targets Barella, a Future Like Radja’s

On Saturday, Roma defeated Cagliari at the Stadio Olimpico discovering a talent in the opposite midfield line. Nicolò Barella could be the new Radja Nainggolan.

Although a comparison between Radja Nainggolan and Nicolò Barella might seem inappropriate at this time, the Italian midfielder resembles the Belgian star. Barella is doing great things with Cagliari. He made 17 appearances scoring two goals in the current campaign. The 2017-18 season could be the launching pad for the 20-year-old.

Cagliari knows that its midfielder is a pure jewel. President Giulini is not willing to trade him out right now but the transfer market is complex and negotiations could be converted into deals suddenly. Roma seems to be really interested in the Italian talent. Monchi knows that Barella could be an added value to Di Francesco‘s roster. Therefore, the Spaniard is reportedly intensifying contacts to sign the player, perhaps even in January. In reality, even if the two clubs will find an agreement in the next transfer window, Barella would continue his season in the Italian island before moving to Rome the next summer.

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Nicolò Barella is a talented midfielder and a potential crack. The Italian played a great match at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome last Sunday. His skills and ability to intercepts balls are very similar to those of Radja Nainggolan. Although Nicolò has plenty to learn to reach the standards of the Belgian phenomenon, his margins of improvements are very high. Barella is able to properly play defensively and offensively as he did against Roma in the 72 minutes played before he picked up an injury.

His current market value is €14.9 million and his contract is set to expire on June 30, 2021. Although Cagliari could refuse offers below €20m, the giallorossi must face the competition of their former coach Spalletti who would be happy to bring him to Inter.

Barella’s Stats vs Roma (WhoScored)

  • Tackle Success %: 60;
  • Successful Tackles: 3;
  • Pass Success%: 72;
  • Ratings: 6.60.



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A Roman in New York achieving his dreams. Persistence can make extraordinary things happen. Editor of AS ROMA 360 | | Calcio e Finanza | Reporting on Major League Soccer.

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