As per a report from Italian journalist Nicolo Schira, Arsenal are set to watch Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella in action during his side’s Serie A meeting with Juventus tonight.
Barella, a gifted Italian international, came up through the youth ranks of Cagliari, before breaking into the club’s first team setup on a consistent basis during the 2016/17 campaign.
And the 22-year-old has since gone on to establish himself as one of the most highly-regarded youngsters in Italy.
Barella combines all of the key attributes of a modern-day midfielder, with the former Como loanee equally comfortable controlling the tempo of a clash through his wide-ranging of passing as he is breaking up the attacks of opposing sides with a crunching challenge.
Perfectly summing up the all-action stylings of the Cagliari star were his haul of 6 goals, to go along with 13 yellow cards and 1 red in Serie A last season.
As such, unsurprisingly, Barella’s impressive form in his home country has not gone unnoticed across Europe.
The 5-time capped Italian international was heavily-linked with a move away from Sardinia in January, with Premier League giants Chelsea the outfit most persistently-touted as a potential destination.
Following Cesc Fabregas’ departure for Monaco, it was claimed that the Blues were ready to meet Cagliari’s 50 million Euro valuation of their star man.
In the end, a move never came to fruition, though Barella is expected to be widely-targeted again come the summer.
Arsenal’s scouting mission
And, as per the aforementioned report from Nicolo Schira of the Gazzetta Dello Sport, one of the Italian’s many suitors will have scouts in attendance at his side’s latest outing tonight.
Cagliari are set to welcome Italian champions Juventus to Sardinia for a Serie A clash.
And, according to Schira, Premier League giants Arsenal will have representatives in attendance at the Sardegna Arena.
The Gunners are also said to have watched Barella in action in the past, with the midfielder ‘appreciative’ of the advances of the North Londoners:
Tomorrow an #Arsenal’s scout will be in Italia to watch Nicolò #Barella in Cagliari-Juventus. #Gunners are interested in him and it is not the first time they follow him and it has already been appreciated. #transfers #AFC
— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) April 1, 2019