Barella Becomes the Highest-Paid Italian in Serie A

Nicolò Barella signed his new Inter contract before the start of the Euro, as Inter announced his renewal on Tuesday. He’ll earn €7M including add-ons until 2029, becoming the highest-paid Italian player in Serie A, La Gazzetta dello Sport informs.

The midfielder is followed by his teammate Alessandro Bastoni (€5,5M annually), Federico Chiesa (€5M), Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Pellegrini, and Federico Dimarco (€4M). Manuel Locatelli, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Alessandro Florenzi, Domenico Berardi, and Leonardo Spinazzola are a notch below. They pocket €3M per year. The Roma veteran’s contract is expiring. He’ll probably earn less in his next stop or if he re-ups with his side.

The leadership of Barella might be threatened by Chiesa, who’s reportedly asking for €7M to renew his Juventus deal and to his suitors, primarily Roma and Napoli. The international chart is topped by Marco Verratti, who makes €30M gross at Al-Arabi. Gianluigi Donnarumma (12.7M) ranks second. Al-Ittihad’s Luiz Felipe (€10M), Toronto FC’s Lorenzo Insigne (€7M), and Arsenal’s Jorginho (€6.6M) are also in the top ten, Transfermarkt points out.

The 27-year-old has been at Inter since 2019. The Nerazzurri paid a total of €44,5M to acquire him from Cagliari permanently. He has racked up 235 appearances in San Siro, scoring 22 goals and providing 51 assists.

Barella contributed to lifting two Scudetto, two Coppa Italia, and three Supercoppa during his time with Inter. He won the 2020 Euro with Italy. He’s currently nursing some muscle fatigue and will be a late call for the opener versus Albania.

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