Arsenal close in on sensational January deal for Nicolo Barella as replacement for Ramsey

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Arsenal in the race to sign Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella in January, according to Italian daily Calciomercato.

Barella has been linked with a number of European clubs in recent months, with Arsenal touted as a potential destination for the 21-year-old.

The Gunners have been looking to replace Aaron Ramsey who is set to depart the Emirates either in January or at the end of the season when his contract expires.

Barella has been touted as a possible replacement, with his qualities and creativity in the center of midfield appealing to the recruitment team at the Emirates.

Inter Milan have now joined in the race to sign the midfielder as they look to bolster their creative options in central midfield area in January.

The promising midfielder received his first senior call up to the Italian national team two months ago and also made his international debut.

Cagliari are reported to value their priced asset at 40 million and Inter Milan are willing to meet their valuation according to some reports.

Arsenal will need to replace Ramsey, but it is unlikely that they’ll be willing to spend such amount on one player in January and a summer move now seems more likely, if Inter do not beat them to it, that is.


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