Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum as reportedly emerged as a possible target for Inter Milan.
According to Italian publication Calciomercato, the Serie A giants have now entered the race for the Dutch international, whose contract is running down.
The star can walk away from Anfield for free at the end of the season, and there seems to be unwilling to sign an extension.
Barcelona have been heavily linked with the playmaker, with Ronald Koeman supposedly keen to bring his fellow countryman to the Nou Camp.
But it seems Inter are also now keen, and that reported interest could actually be an opportunity for Liverpool.
In the past, the club have often been linked with a move Nicolo Barella – the highly-rated central midfield player who has previously been likened to Andrea Pirlo.
FC Inter News reported as recently as early November that Liverpool are keeping tabs on him.
If Inter wanted to land Wijnaldum in January, then perhaps Michael Edwards could request Barella as part of a deal.
BGA’s View – Barella a brilliant replacement
£75,000-a-week star Wijnaldum (Spotrac) is a brilliant player who has given so much to Liverpool, but the situation is pointing towards an exit for the 30-year-old.
He’d be difficult to replace given the number of different roles he can play, but Barella is versatile and highly intelligent.
The 23-year-old – who cost Inter £45million in total (Goal) – has a good amount of experience under his belt already and is the perfect age for Jurgen Klopp to take him under his wing and develop him like he’s done with countless others.
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