Arsenal handed massive boost in their pursuit of £27m-rated midfielder

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Italian midfielder Nicolo Barella is reportedly on the brink of turning down a January move to Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea, with Arsenal also thought to be keen, recent reports say.

A report from Italian news outlet Tutto Mercato, via talkSPORT, states that Barella is going to turn down Chelsea’s advances to stay in Italy for the rest of the campaign.

This comes as not only a blow to the west London side but to Arsenal as well as the club have been touted with an interest in the midfielder.

The report states that Barella wants to stay in his native Italy for family reasons and would only consider an exit in January if it were to one of the huge sides in the Serie A.

The likes of Inter Milan and Napoli are known admirers of the star and they could now come in for his signature after learning the star is not so keen to move to the English top flight.

Unai Emery is thought to be interested in signing a central midfielder this month and has also been connected with Sevilla’s Ever Banega.

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