Reported Manchester United target Marcelo Brozovic has indicated his desire to stay and sign a new contract with Inter Milan.
The 29-year-old midfielder is in the final year of his deal at the San Siro. The Croatia star has been linked with a move away from the Serie A club with a number of Premier League clubs said to be interested. However, his latest comments will have those clubs ditching their interest after he revealed he wants to remain in Milan.
Manchester United, Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain all reportedly have interest in the Croatia international.
And Tuttomercatoweb claim that Inter had a real fear that the trio could trump them and give Brozovic what he wants. Newcastle also have eyes on the player with their new-found wealth, according a report from The Times.
Brozovic has been in contract talks with Inter officials. Gazzetta dello Sport reports (via Sport Witness) that the player’s father and agent, Ivan Brozovic, held a first meeting with Inter chiefs on Wednesday.
The deal will come down to finances though Inter raising their offer to close to €5m per season, but Brozovic wants €6m.
That would represent almost a doubling of his current €3.5m-a-year deal, which expires in June.
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Both parties believe that there is room for an agreement to be reached. And that looks the most likely option after Brozovic replied to a message from Italian journalist Fabrizio Biasin on Instagram.
“Yes, I do,” he replied on Thursday afternoon, when asked if he wants to stay with Inter.
Defensive midfielder Brozovic can get forward
Inter have been willing to agree new deals with a host of first-team stars. Alessandro Bastoni, Lautaro Martinez and Nicolo Barella have all recently penned new terms with the Nerazzurri.
Brozovic is by trade a defensive midfielder. But the experienced star is not afraid of getting forward either. He has scored 26 goals in 258 games for Inter, as well as chipping in with 35 assists.
Spurs, with Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici pulling the transfer strings, were expected to make a move for Brozovic.
Inter though said they were not prepared to do any business in the new year and will reject all advances.
Their sporting director Ausilio told Sky Italia, as cited by the Daily Express: “I’m not worried about Antonio Conte and our players. In January we won’t consider any possible exit”.
And now it looks increasingly likely that Brozovic will stay in Serie A and agree a new deal with Inter.