Barella is believed to have drawn the attention of the Reds, as well as Premier League rivals Tottenham, and Matthaus’ praise will only further increase speculation.
The 1990 Ballon D’Or winner, who played 410 times for Bayern Munich, had this to say on the Italian international:
”In the Italian team, (Marco Verratti) has never really delivered large-scale performances in a major competition, while a player like Nicolo Barella has shown the extent of his talent with high-level performances over time, I place Verratti roughly at the same rank as Frenkie De Jong, Marcel Sabitzer and Denis Zakaria, but a notch below Ilkay Gundogan, Nicolo Barella, Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich.”
Valued at £49.5m by Transfermarkt – the Reds would have to prioritise this signing perhaps over any other this summer if it was going to become a reality.
That’s not to say that shouldn’t happen.