Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella.

According to La Nuova Sardegna, the most reputable paper in Sardinia, the Reds are expected to make an offer for Barella at some point over the next few weeks.

Chelsea are said to also interested in the 21-year-old, so Liverpool will face some competition for his signature.

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Cagliari have apparently put an asking price of €40m on the Italian U21 international, and it’s difficult to see either Chelsea or Liverpool paying such a large amount for a relatively unproven player.

Barella has only broken into the Cagliari team in the last couple of years, making 35 appearances last year and 30 the year before, so whether anyone will be willing to pay such an amount remains to be seen.

Liverpool have already signed Naby Keita and Fabinho, both of whom will become Reds in 2018, but there is still room for them to bring in another player, especially a youngster, so time will tell if Barella is a man they target.