Constantino Parente: Can LeBron James help Liverpool beat Tottenham to Italy Under-21s midfielder Nicolo Barella?

LIVERPOOL’S pursuit of Nicolo Barella could be a slam dunk – thanks to NBA icon LeBron James.

The Italy Under-21s midfielder is one of the hottest properties in Europe and has been scouted by Tottenham and AC Milan among others.

Nicolo Barella claims his goals are to have a nice pool and meet LeBron James
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But Jurgen Klopp has an ace up his sleeve with basketball fan Barella, 21, hoping to meet hero James, who happens to own a stake in Liverpool.

He told Gazzetta dello Sport: “Cagliari received offers and turned them down.

“I am happy to have remained with the club I support.

“My dream is to get a nice house with a garden and a pool. And to meet LeBron James.”

Nicolo Barella has won seven caps for the Italian Under-21 team
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The midfielder plays for hometown club Cagliari but is eyeing a move to England
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Cagliari star Barella claims he would prefer a move to England over Serie A – because he can get away with sticking his boot in.

He added: “If I had to choose between Serie A and the Premier League, I’d go for England, because I like the way they approach the game.

“Plus everyone there is just as irritable and prone to fouls as me!”

Nicolo Barella claims English football will suit his style as he doesn’t mind a challenge

Barella played 35 times last season – netting six goals – to catch the eyes of clubs across Europe.

And while Klopp has a wealth of options in the middle, the youngster could end up being the perfect fit.




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