Inter Milan have met with the representatives of midfielder Nicolo Barella to begin contract extension talks.

This according to Italian news outlet FCInter1908.

At the moment, Barella’s contract with Inter runs out at the end of June 2026.

The former Cagliari midfielder, who joined the Nerazzurri in the summer of 2019, signed his current deal in the fall of 2021.

Therefore, there is a sense that it is time for Inter to update Barella’s contract.

It is not as though an extension is an imminent priority to avoid losing the Italian international on a free transfer or anything like that.

But Barella remains one of the key players in Inter’s spine.

And the midfielder is still just 26 years of age.

Therefore, there is a sense that Inter want to keep hold of Barella for many years to come. The ex-Rossoblu man is currently the club’s vice-captain, and one of the first names on the teamsheet.

Inter Start Up Contract Extension Talks With Nicolo Barella

Barella has currently made 216 appearances for Inter since the start of the 2019-20 season.

The 26-year-old has won the Serie A title with the Nerazzurri, as well as the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana on two occasions each.

Barella has also helped Inter to reach the Europa League and Champions League finals.

Barella has also become a key starter with the Italian national team, He helped the Azzurri to win the Euros in the summer of 2021.

Given all of this, it is little surprise that there is transfer interest in Barella.

The likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, and Liverpool have all been reported as hoping to bring the Nerazzurri midfielder to the Premier League.

But not if Inter have anything to say about it.

FCIN1908 report that the Nerazzurri are already starting up contract extension talks with Barella’s representatives.

The outlet report that there was a meeting between Barella’s representatives and Inter executives whilst the team was in Saudi Arabia for the Supercoppa Italiana.

The purpose of this meeting was hardly to sort out any decisive details on a new deal for Barella.

Rather, Inter and Barella’s representatives opened up the discussions.

The Nerazzurri have already laid the groundwork for contract negotiations. Therefore, it would seem as though the coming weeks and months will see these talks progress further.