The Nerazzurri have been reportedly been approached by Chelsea who have proposed a swap deal involving Cesc Fabregas and Marcelo Brozovic. Inter are desperate to cash in on the Croatian after landing Argentine Ever Banega and Portugal’s Joao Mario.
Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Chelsea, who are interested in the Croatian who signed for Inter a year and a half ago, are working on a new formula to bring the midfielder to London. Fabregas, who has not yet made it into Conte’s starting XI even once in the last 3 games, might be offered as a straight swap for the ex-Zagreb midfielder.
More than what meets the eye?
As of now, both parties are reluctant to encourage any form of speculations as to their potential futures. Fabregas has recently claimed that he is committed to Chelsea and there is no problem with Antonio Conte.
Despite making only one substitute appearance so far in the league, Fabregas seems confident of a future with the club.
Inter’s sporting director Piero Ausilio has rubbished all rumours of Brozovic leaving the San Siro – “Like I said when I made it clear that Mauro Icardi wouldn’t be sold, I said that Brozovic won’t be leaving for any other Italian side,” he told Mediaset Premium (via GazzettaWorld).
Brozovic had a stellar last season despite Inter Milan finishing 6th in the Serie A table. Easily one of Serie A’s most enterprising midfielders, Conte would love to have him playing in the midfield pivot distributing balls and switching play.
However, the current 4-2-3-1 formation Chelsea play might not be suited for the Croatian as he is used to playing, as is most of the midfielders in Italy, in a 3-man midfield. Croatian national team coach Ante Cacic was also reluctant to use Brozovic in a 2 man pivot when he used a 4-2-3-1 formation against Spain in the Euros.
However, the tactically flexible Italian from Bari indeed has something in his mind if he’s thought of Brozovic, who scored some spectacular eye-catching goals last season.