Why Maurizio Sarri is set to miss out on signing Nicolo Barella for Chelsea - football

Why Maurizio Sarri is set to miss out on signing Nicolo Barella for Chelsea



Nicolo Barella is wanted by Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea (Getty Images)
Maurizio Sarri is facing an uphill battle to sign Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella for Chelsea this month, according to reports.
The 21-year-old is wanted by Sarri as a replacement for Cesc Fabregas, who has already agreed a deal to join Monaco.
Barella has already been contacted by Sarri’s assistant Gianfranco Zola in an attempt to convince the midfielder to make the move to Stamford Bridge.
But Chelsea’s hierarchy are at odds with Sarri as they have concerns regarding the cost of the move with Cagliari demanding a ?50 million (£45m) transfer fee.
Sarri’s chances of persuading Barella to join Chelsea are also reduced as the midfielder’s wife is currently pregnant with their second child and would prefer to remain in Italy, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. Cagliari want £45m for Barella (REX)
That puts Napoli in the driving seat to sign Barella as they have identified the Italy international as a replacement for Allan, who is wanted by Paris Saint-Germain.
Gazzetta dello Sport report that Carlo Ancelotti has approved the move for Barella but the deal hinges on whether PSG will meet Napoli’s ?100m (£90.5m) asking price for Allan.
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source: metro-chelsea
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