Arsenal are now Serie A outfit Napoli’s biggest rivals for the landing of highly-rated midfielder Nicolo Barella, according to a sports television channel Sky Sport Italia.
Chelsea have been in the running for the Italian youngster’s signature, but the west London outfit are “resisting Maurizio Sarri’s calls” to buy him.
With the Blues apparently edging their way out of the picture, it is the Gunners who have emerged as Partenopei’s sternest competition but must have to act quickly.
The Serie A heavyweights are believed to be considering an offer of €45-50 million at the end of the campaign.
Carlo Ancelotti’s are not underestimating the threat Gunners pose, especially with Nicolo hinting that he favours a move to the English top flight in the past.
At just 21. The Cagliari star has a big future ahead of him and would be ideal for the Gunners. Napoli look to be the current favourites, but a bid from Arsenal could easily turn Nicolo’s head.
Italian has won four caps for his country since making his debut in a 1-1 draw with Andriy Shevchenko’s Ukraine in October 2018.