In a recent report, Calciomercatoweb claimed that Real Madrid have set their sights on Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella. It has been mentioned that Los Blancos are showing interest in recruiting the Italy international this summer.
Barella’s Impressive Form At San Siro Last Season
Barella had a productive campaign in Milan recently as he caught the eye by putting in a lot of impressive displays at the centre of the park. The 25-year-old registered four goals and 13 assists in 48 matches for the Italian side last season in multiple competitions.
The 39-time Italy international gave a good account of himself by averaging 1.8 tackles, 1.9 shots, 1.8 key passes and 1.0 dribbles per game in Serie A. He has even been accurate when distributing possession from midfield, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 85.1% in the Italian first division (stats via whoscored).
What Will Barella Bring To Real Madrid?
Barella is a tough-tacking midfielder who can offer decent protection for his teammates at the back. However, he is more renowned for his offensive skill set as he can strike the ball purely and with power from long range.
The Italian sensation has got the eye to play a killer pass in the final third and can even make some intelligent runs towards the opponent’s penalty area. He hardly gives away the ball when interchanging possession from midfield and is versatile enough to play as a box-to-box midfielder or in a holding midfield role if needed.
Therefore, we can expect Barella to bring a lot of quality to Real Madrid‘s midfield. Plus, he would serve as a perfect successor to Luka Modric at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in the long run. At 25, the Italian talent will only get better with each season which makes him a decent option for the Spanish outfit to pursue in this off-season.
Los Blancos head coach Carlo Ancelotti would be wise to move in for Barella this summer as he would definitely help the Madrid giants continue their dominance in both domestic football and in Europe.