Arsenal have seen an approach to buy Nicolo Barella from Inter Milan brutally rejected by the Italian club, according to reports.
The report comes from FCInterNews. They claim that Arsenal technical director and manager Mikel Arteta are big fans of the Italian and recently surveyed the Serie A side regarding a potential deal for the player.
However, the Gunners were told that Inter do not have any intention of selling Barella and that any negotiation would be pointless. In fact, the Nerazzurri are hoping to tie down the 23-year-old to a more lucrative contract, keeping him at the San Siro until 2025.
For the Gunners, it will be a blow as they look to bring in a new midfielder for the 2020-21 campaign.
Arsenal have been linked with Barella before. As reported by The Mirror in April last year, Arsenal had scouted the player on numerous occasions for former club Cagliari throughout 2018-19. It seemed former boss Unai Emery was keen on bringing Barella to The Emirates.
However, Inter Milan eventually secured his signature, in a deal worth a reported (CalcioMercato) €37 million (£32m).
Barella has since become a regular for Antonio Conte’s men, playing 29 times this season scoring three goals and creating six.
Such form has clearly had Arsenal interested in rekindling their interest but, in response, they appear to have been given a short and swift no thank you.