Opponents on Friday, potentially friends in future.
In just a couple of days, Inter will take on Cagliari of Nicolo Barella who has been linked to Inter all these past months. There will be time for negotiation and concrete offers but in the meantime, the Italian midfielder will first go against the Nerazzurri and his former teammates Radja Nainggolan this Friday. Both are similar in temperament and intensity in how they play. The two will embrace each other before and after but during this game, there is no time for sentimentality.
Barella is the heir of Nainggolan in the Rossoblu and could imagine a future at Inter (they are friends and share the same agent in Alessandro Beltrami) playing right next to the Belgian midfielder.