Arsenal have scouted Nicolo Barella again, this time watching him against Juventus in Cagliari’s match on Tuesday night.
Arsenal already had scouts watch the Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella face Inter Milan in a 2-1 win at the end of February, according to reports in Italy. He missed a penalty in that game despite an otherwise solid performance.
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
The Gunners have been scouting the Italy international for a while now, and Barella himself even spoke about the rumours in October, saying the outside interest made him “proud”.
In January, reports suggested Chelsea had withdrawn from the race to sign him and Napoli were Arsenal’s “main challenger” for Barella’s signature. Both clubs were expected to make a move in summer, rather than the winter window, which appears to be how things have panned out.
With 89 Serie A appearances for Cagliari, seven goals, three assists and five caps for his country (with one goal scored against Finland during the most recent international break), Barella has made an impressive start to his career.
Barella is under contract until 2022 and is valued at around £27m.