Tottenham set to offer £35million to arrive Nicolo Barella named the ‘following Steven Gerrard’ in January
Tottenham are set to splash £35million to land Nicolo Barella as a replacement for crocked star Mousa Dembele.
Belgium midfielder Dembele, 31, rocked Spurs with a nasty-looking ankle injury sustained in the 3-2 win over Wolves – and has traveled to Qatar for authority treatment.
But having not made any signings in the summer, Mauricio Pochettino is believed to be set to spend enormous to support his tattered squad in January.
Poch is hoping a monster £35m bid will force Cagliari to sell highly-rated Barella, 21, but Tottenham confront rivalry from Liverpool.
The Serie A strugglers are set to listen to offers in excess of £30m, with Spurs sparing no expense to land their man, regardless of Italian heroes Juventus dropping out of the race.
In September, Liverpool were thought to be leading the charge to bring the two-cap Italy international – tipped the « following Steven Gerrard » in Italy – to the Premier League.
The centre-mid claimed he was happy at Cagliari, but would love to meet NBA superstar LeBron James – who possesses a two percent in Liverpool.
Barella told Gazzetta dello Sport: “Cagliari received offers and turned them down. I am cheerful to have stayed with the club I bolster.
“My dream is to get a nice house with a garden and a pool. What’s more, to meet LeBron James. »
But Tottenham will be given a major boost by how quiet Liverpool have gone on the Barella front – and how energizing a prospect the Italian finds the Premier League.