Inter transfers: Are Italy stars Nicolo Barella and Davide Frattesi set to link up at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza?

Inter are the frontrunners to sign Sassuolo's Davide Frattesi and the midfielder's performances for the Italian national team are making him hard to ignore.

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Sassuolo midfielder Davide Frattesi capped off another strong season with a fine performance in Italy‘s 3-2 win over the Netherlands in the UEFA Nations League, and he could be rewarded with a lucrative move to Inter.

As reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Nerazzurri are the frontrunners in the race to sign Frattesi this summer, with AS Roma, AC Milan, and Juventus all in the mix to swoop for him over the coming weeks.

Frattesi netted the Azzurri’s second goal in their third-place play-off win over the Dutch in Enschende and has begun to establish himself as an important figure under coach Roberto Mancini, as he partners Inter star Nicolo Barella in the centre of midfield.

Frattesi sold on Inter move

Indeed, that partnership could become a combination at club level too, with the Champions League finalists keen to bring Frattesi to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza following his maiden international goal.

The 23-year-old’s two full seasons in Sassuolo‘s first team have yielded 11 goals in 72 appearances, with Frattesi proving instrumental in maintaining the Neroverdi’s status as a competitive and established Serie A outfit.

The Rome native is ready for the step up to continental football and he certainly appears to know it, telling La Gazzetta dello Sport of his intentions over the summer months whilst maintaining his focus on the Italian national team.

“I asked my agent to call me only if there are important proposals”, Frattesi declared.

With Inter leading the way in the battle to swoop for him, Frattesi has done little to quell rumours and has dropped more than one hint of his desire to make the switch to the Biscione.

“I know that one day I will go to another league, but now I have to grow in Italy,” Frattesi claimed. “The style of the club will also be important in my choice. For me it’s better to be in a three-man midfield.

Barella has always been a point of reference for me, the best at stealing the ball and moving forward. I used to study videos of him, now I see him up close.”

Spain’s Rodri takes the ball away from Italy’s Davide Frattesi. [@SEFutbol]

Return to AS Roma not ruled out

It all points to Frattesi joining Simone Inzaghi‘s side this summer, but the midfielder has been stung before, most notably when a transfer to boyhood club Roma did not materialise last year, despite lengthy and public interest.

Frattesi has since been linked with a move back to Roma but the Giallorossi have slipped down the pecking order after bringing in free agent Houssem Aouar from Lyon.

Despite this, optimism is growing that the ex-Empoli loanee will make the step up next season with a transfer to a club in European competition and firmly establish himself as an important player for the Italian national team. Whether it is with Inter, or a return to Roma, remains to be seen.

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