Liverpool have been linked with a swoop for Inter Milan midfielder Nico Barella but Gianluca Di Marzio says a transfer is unlikely this summer.

Italian publication Calciomercato claim that Liverpool and Spurs are watching the Serie A midfielder after his form for the Serie A leaders.

Barella has three goals and 10 assists in all competitions and is drawing a lot of attention after adding more consistency to his game.

Sky Sport Italia journalist now reports, however, that it’d be very difficult for the Reds, or any other club for that matter, to sign him as the Nerazzurri view him as an essential player.

Responding to a question about Barella from LFC Transfer Room, he said: “Regarding Barella, Inter Milan don’t want to let him go, he is very important for them. I don’t think this one will be possible [Liverpool bringing him in the summer], he will be very expensive but Inter don’t want to let him go.”

Elsewhere, Manchester City are allegedly lining up a move for Sheffield United midfielder and Liverpool target Sander Berge this summer, Voetbal24 report.

Liverpool will also consider launching a move for the Blades ace as Georginio Wijnaldum runs the clock down on his Liverpool deal.