Jorginho believes Italy teammate Nicolo Barella ‘looks a lot like’ N’Golo Kante – with Premier League trio Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur allegedly keen on the Serie A champion – as he told Tuttomercatoweb.
The fact that Inter Milan’s midfield general has been compared to Chelsea’s irrepressible number seven and Manchester United legend Paul Scholes since the turn of the year should prove, beyond all reasonable doubt, that Barella is one of those players who can do it all.
Whether setting the tempo in the middle of the park, snapping into perfectly-timed tackles or firing into the top corner from the edge of the box, the 24-year-old would make Daniel Day Lewis look about as one-dimensional as Vin Diesel.
He was named Serie A’s Midfielder of the Year too, after Antonio Conte led Inter to their first Scudetto triumph since the heady days of a salt-and-pepper Jose Mourinho.
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Unfortunately for the Nerrazzuri, however, their much-discussed financial problems mean that Barella may be sacrificed for the greater good.
Bayern Munich are ready to pay a staggering £63 million, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
Meanwhile, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal have all held initial talks about a man who, alongside Kante and Scholes, shares a lot in common with the Anfield legend that is Steven Gerrard.
“Similar to Kante? They are similar in characteristics,” said Chelsea’s Jorginho after Italy swatted aside Turkey 3-0 in their Euro 2020 opener on Friday.
“They have physical power, they run for everyone for 120 minutes, they cover a lot of the field. I must say that they give me a big hand in midfield on recovering balls.
“I think Nico looks a lot like Kante.”
Former England manager Fabio Capello recently labelled Barella one of Europe’s top three central midfielders, while Ballon D’Or winner Lothar Matthaus rates the former Cagliari youngster higher than the likes of Marco Verratti and Frenkie de Jong.
Barella will have a lot to live up to, then, if he finds himself under the glare of the microscope in the Premier League next season.
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