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Cheeky Jurgen Klopp transfer ploy dashed as key Inter man nears major announcement

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Liverpool’s apparent interest in Marcelo Brozovic appears over with the midfielder on the verge of signing a new deal to stay at Inter Milan.

The Reds were strongly linked with a move for midfielder, with the Croatian having caught Jurgen Klopp’s eye last week. Liverpool – Champions League winners in 2019 – look well placed to reach the quarter-finals again after a 2-0 first-leg win last Wednesday. However, Klopp’s side were forced to dig deep for their victory, thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

Indeed, they were the only two shots on target Liverpool could muster all game. As such, their usual attacking verve was restricted due to a number of key performers in the Inter Milan side.

One of those was the performance of Ivan Perisic down the left. He was so good that a Liverpool icon claimed one of Klopp’s favourite players is now their weak link in the side.

Perisic’s performance was matched by experienced duo Brozovic and Arturo Vidal in midfield. The pair ensured a tight and tense battle in the midfield on the night. Indeed, Klopp brought on both Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita to try and gain more control in the middle.

So good though was Brozovic’s performance, though, that Klopp is now reportedly considering a move for the 29-year-old after he blew him away. Out of contract in the summer, it was reported that he was of interest given his impending free-agent status.

Marcelo Brozovic agrees huge four-year deal

However, Brozovic is now on the verge of signing a new contract with Inter, according to club administrator Giuseppe Marotta.

The 29-year-old is to be rewarded with a mammoth new deal through June 2026, worth a reported €6m-per-season.

Marcelo Brozovic to be approached by Liverpool this summer after impressive Champions League display

Marcelo Brozovic to be approached by Liverpool this summer after impressive Champions League display

Marcelo Brozovic may find his way to Liverpool this summer after impressing Klopp for Inter Milan during Champions League match

Brozovic has made 33 appearances in all competitions this season, becoming a key figure under Simeone Inzaghi.

“We are aware that both the club and the player want to continue together,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia. “This is a fact. It means that, within a few days, we will reach a signature that will ratify his contract renewal.”

That £96,000 a week deal will keep Brozovic at the San Siro beyond his 33rd birthday.

Milner tipped for wage cut to stay at Liverpool

James Milner, meanwhile, looks destined to remain at Anfield with talks underway over a new deal on Merseyside.

And pundit Danny Mills is backing Klopp’s decision to extend the veteran star’s stay – even though another deal would take him well beyond the age of 37.

Mills also suggests Milner will likely take a drop in wages in a big show of committment.

“I’ve been quite surprised about people kicking up a fuss about this,” Mills said.

“People saying ‘I can’t believe they’re going to give James Milner a new contract, he hardly plays’.

“They’re not going to offer him £500,000-a-week, it’s going to be relative. I assume it’s going to be less than he’s earning now.

“It will be relative to the number of games he’s played and there will be a bit of loyalty thrown in there too.

“He’s very, very good around the place, he’s reliable, he’s professional. He sets the right example to the other players and the players coming through. He’s got a wealth of experience.”

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