With Inter Milan completing a double swoop for Gabigol and Joao Mario, the Nerazzurri will look to balance the books by selling Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic.
Chelsea’s interest in the 23-year-old this summer is no secret as they try to add more depth to their squad before the transfer window closes. Brozovic’s performances last season for Inter have caught the eye of many top European clubs and despite Inter Milan’s new ownership, the FFP restrictions on Frank de Boer’s side mean that the club will try to recuperate some of the money spent on new signings.
Speaking to Index (via Calciomercato), Brozovic’s agent Miroslav Bicanic has said that there are a lot of possible destinations for his client in Europe and that he believed Chelsea’s representatives were in Milan to try and finalise a deal for the 23-year-old. “There are many opportunities in the transfer window,” Bicancic said. “I’ve talked to Chelsea and Arsenal. Blues’ chiefs are in Milan. Inter are pushing to sell Brozovic and are open to make business with any of those two clubs.”
However, he insisted that things have not been ‘dramatic’ and that unless his client signs a contract with a different club, he will remain an Inter player. According to GazzettaWorld, Inter are demanding €30 million for the Croatian international — a valuation that could easily be met by the Blues.
Brozovic has reportedly been a target for Chelsea’s rivals Liverpool and Arsenal and even La Liga giants Atletico Madrid. Bicancic has said earlier that if his client isn’t offered a new contract, a move to the Premier League may be on the cards. “Marcelo is torn on this issue, but I think Inter want to sell him. He wants to play in the Champions League, but he does like Inter as a club and enjoys living in Milan,” he said.
Brozovic was Inter Milan’s best player last season and at only 23, his best years are ahead of him. Despite his relatively young age, the Croatia international would add a lot of quality to the Blues. Oscar and Nemanja Matic have been underwhelming so far this season and with reports of Fabregas contemplating a move away from Stamford Bridge, Brozovic might just be the solution to Antonio Conte’s midfield conundrum.