Nicolo Barella has entered talks with Inter to extend his contract for another two seasons. The 26-year-old is contracted to the Nerazzurri until June 2026, but they want to ensure that the Italy Men’s National Team player remains at the club for longer.
Since joining from Cagliari in the summer of 2019, the Sardinian midfielder has become an important part of the Biscione team, winning the 2020/21 Serie A title as well as the Coppa Italia in 2022 and 2023.
La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Inter want to extend Barella‘s contract to 2028, and they want to increase his salary from €5 million per season to €6m. The club have already had a meeting with his agent Alessandro Beltrami, another one should take place in the near future, and the extension should be signed before the spring of 2024.
Inter battle Manchester City and Chelsea for Barella
Barella has been a valuable player for both Inter and Italy. In addition to winning those domestic trophies with Inter, he was a member of the Azzurri’s victorious squad at the 2020 European Championship, and he featured in the latest international break against North Macedonia and Ukraine, helping the Italians secure qualification for Euro 2024.
According to FCInterNews, via Sempre Inter, his performances have attracted interest from the likes of Premier League clubs Chelsea and Manchester City. Although his desire is to remain at the Nerazzurri, the Italian giants do not want to take chances.
With his dynamic running and effective ball use, Barella has great qualities that would make him an asset to any team.
Inter assessing contracts of other stars like Lautaro and Dimarco
The contract of Barella is not the only one that Inter are assessing in this moment in time. Several other key players have contracts running down soon and there are other stars that they want to keep for longer.
Like the Italian midfielder, Lautaro Martinez and Federico Dimarco are contracted until June 2026, Denzel Dumfries is under contract until 2025, whereas Matteo Darmian and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have contracts expiring at the end of the 2023/24 campaign.
The aforementioned players have been important contributors for Inter in their own way, but it is probable that they want to have Barella locked in first before turning their focus towards other squad members.