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Arsenal target Nicolo Barella could leave Cagliari amid financial troubles

By William Eldridge

Published: 19:20, 22 April 2019

Arsenal target Nicolo Barella may be allowed to leave Serie A side Cagliari this summer due to the club’s poor financial situation.

The talented 22-year-old has been linked with a move to the Gunners following an extremely successful stint both domestically and with the Italian national side.

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  1. Nicolo Barella made his debut for Cagliari in 2015.
  2. Since then, he has made 107 appearances for the club, scoring seven goals.
  3. Now in his third successive full-season with the club, his form led him to make his Italy debut last year for Roberto Mancini’s side.
  4. The attacking midfielder has been linked with a move to Arsenal to become Aaron Ramsey’s successor.
  5. Cagliari have now admitted to having financial issues which may speed up Barella’s departure from the club.

Speaking to reporters about Barella’s future at the club, Cagliari President Tommaso Giulini has stressed that it is possible that the 22-year-old could yet stay at the club.

However, he has also admitted that due to the club’s ill-finances, they may be powerless to stop the talented midfielder leaving the Italian club this summer, especially with the likes of Arsenal reportedly seeking his signature.

“This is my first season at Cagliari that we’ll end with our budget in the red,” he told reporters.

“Someone will have to leave, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that Barella will, even if it’s not right for us to hold on to him if he wanted to leave.”

Ramsey out, Barella in?

One deal that has been confirmed already for this summer is the departure of Arsenal favourite Aaron Ramsey.

The Welshman has already agreed on a deal with Italian champions Juventus which will see him switch the Premier League for Serie A this summer once his contract with the Gunners expires.

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Ramsey has been fairly successful throughout his tenure in north London, helping his side win three FA Cups since his move from Cardiff City in 2008.

However, after failing to agree upon terms with his current employers, Ramsey will be joining fellow Premier League alumni Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus this summer.

That may mean that there is a Ramsey-shaped hole for Barella to step into if Arsenal deem him worthy of a chance in their first-team.

Watch this space!