Chelsea are prepared to pounce on the first sign of trouble and offer a ‘hefty’ package to an Inter Milan star whose new deal has become an urgent priority, per a report.
Under former Blues boss Antonio Conte, Inter Milan marched to the Serie A title last season. However, the financial effects of the Covid-19 pandemic forced the sales of several of their first-team stars. Chelsea were one beneficiary when securing the return of Romelu Lukaku to Stamford Bridge.
A report last week indicated the two clubs could touch base in the market once more. Chelsea were linked with prising Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic away from the San Siro.
The 28-year-old is in the final year of his contract and his all-action style would lend itself well to a Thomas Tuchel midfield.
Chelsea would be able to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with Brozovic in January. As such, Inter reportedly proposed to enter talks over a new Brozovic contract this week.
Now, Sport Witness (citing Tuttosport) provide an update on the situation. They claim that while Brozovic has no qualms about penning fresh terms with Inter, Chelsea have not given up hope.
They are described as being willing to offer a ‘hefty’ package to secure his signature if the proposed contract talks stall. Further indicating their desire to land the Croatian, Chelsea are deemed ‘ready to sniff out the deal’ if the opportunity presents itself.
With Chelsea circling, Tuttosport state Inter have put a new Brozovic contract atop their agenda. In their words, they wish to seal a new deal ‘as soon as possible’.
One ray of hope for Chelsea could come through Inter’s financial difficulties. The report last week claimed the new deal can be closed for €6million per year, but Inter will try to get a discount. Instead, they plan to propose an annual salary of €5m.
All eyes will now be on how talks with Brozovic progress.
Chelsea target dismissive of transfer links
Meanwhile, in-form attacker Christopher Nkunku has spoken about the reported transfer interest from Chelsea and revealed he is pretty nonplussed.
The 23-year-old plays as an attacking midfielder or a wide forward. He has started the season for RB Leipzig in blistering form, netting nine goals in 10 games. As a direct result, his displays have had scouts from across Europe taking note.
Earlier this month Foot Mercato claimed Chelsea were keen on Nkunku. Of course Thomas Tuchel knows the player well from the pair’s time to together at Paris Saint-Germain.
And recently quizzed by German outlet SportBild on a potential transfer, Nkunku said: “If I was thinking of other clubs, we might as well forget our season goals.
“Big goals of our own are only realistic if we achieve something with Leipzig. Otherwise, these questions do not arise. I still have a contract until 2024 and I feel very comfortable at RB Leipzig.”