Liverpool told to pay £71m for summer transfer target

Liverpool will have to spend big this summer if they want to sign one of Jurgen Klopp’s targets.

Jurgen Klopp is looking to bring in midfield reinforcements at the end of the season and the German manager has identified the Italian international Nicolo Barella as a potential target.

Barella helped his country win the European Championships in 2021 and he was a key member of the Inter side that won the league title under Antonio Conte.

However, Barella seemingly has a very hefty price-tag that Liverpool may not be able to afford.

A report from Gazzetta claims that the midfielder is valued at €80 million (£71m) and it seems highly unlikely that Liverpool will spend that kind of money on him. The Reds will probably hope to sign him for a more reasonable amount and it remains to be seen whether they can convince Inter Milan to reduce their demands.

Liverpool are set to lose James Milner, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the summer when their contracts run out, so that should fee up enough wage for Barella.

However, when it comes to the transfer fee, Liverpool do not have too many assets on their books they could look to move on to help fund a move for Barella.

Jude Bellingham is also seemingly Liverpool’s top priority this summer and with the Englishman expected to cost well north of £100m, it is hard to see Klopp and co. being able to land both midfielders this summer.

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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