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Cagliari’s director of football Marcello Carli has claimed Chelsea did everything to sign 22 year old midfielder Nicolo Barella during the January transfer window while he was still a Cagliari player.
Barella joined Inter on a year-long deal with an obligation to buy this summer. He has been an important player for Inter Milan, making 16 appearances across all competitions this season so far, scoring 2 goals and providing 3 assists.
“Last January, Napoli did their best, like Atletico Madrid,” Carli told Corriere dello Sport.
“[Tommaso] Giulini (Cagliari’s president) said no. Chelsea did everything and more. Maurizio [Sarri] wanted to bring him despite the transfer ban.”