News now, Report: Manchester City are now considering moving for 'world-class' midfielder who's on Liverpool's shortlist

Liverpool has been heavily connected with a transfer for Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella, and it has been reported that Manchester City is keeping an eye on him.

The 26-year-old is being watched by Pep Guardiola's sides as a potential Bernardo Silva replacement, according to News now, with Joshua Kimmich of Bayern Munich also being taken into consideration by the English powerhouses.

Journalist Rudy Galetti previously asserted that Liverpool were prepared to pursue Barella, and that likelihood has increased as Fabinho and Jordan Henderson prepare to go for Saudi Arabia this week.

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Given the appeal City now have for players like Barella and the fact that Liverpool won't even be playing in the UEFA Champions League next season, this most recent development could be a setback for the Reds.

Barella, hailed by Steven Gerrard as a "world-class" talent, would be an obvious opponent for Guardiola. And for Liverpool, the timing of City's interest in the midfielder could not have been worse.

Indeed, with Henderson and Fabinho now on the move, the Reds are anxious to bolster their midfield this summer. Barella might have been a perfect replacement for the two as well as a long-term addition to Liverpool's plans.

Liverpool can’t allow Barella to end up at Manchester City

Given how long the midfielder has been associated with Liverpool, it is obvious that Barella is a top priority for the Reds. Therefore, the Reds must prevent the Italian maestro from joining City.

Since the midfielder is capable of starting for City and taking the place of a crucial player like Silva at the team, Liverpool must keep an eye on the 26-year-old Inter star.

Due to the impending departures of Henderson and Fabinho, Liverpool will have the funds necessary to sign Barella, something the Reds should seriously examine in the coming weeks.

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