Manchester United and Liverpool have seemingly been dealt a major summer blow following reports that midfielder Marcelo Brozovic has signed a fresh new contract at Inter Milan.
Rumours have been rife in recent weeks that the Croatia international was close to getting a new deal done, and it’s now suggested that the contract will officially be announced this week.
The 29-year-old’s current deal was due to expire on June 30. However, a new one until June 2026 has now been signed off.
Several top clubs were looking at taking the experienced midfielder on a free this summer. They included Premier League duo United, Liverpool and French giants PSG.
But Libero writer and Inter expert Fabrizio Biasin states that Brozovic signed his new Inter contract on Tuesday, as cited by Football Italia.
The reports also suggest that the salary package agreed by Brozovic is worth €6.5million per season plus performance-related bonuses of up to €1m.
Brozovic moved to the San Siro for a bargain €7.4m from Dinamo Zagreb in January 2015.
Having claimed title glory last season, the player has made 37 appearances in all competitions this term. He has scored once and added two assists.
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For United and Liverpool, it now means they will have to search elsewhere to sign a midfield pivot.
Barcelona join race for Man Utd midfield target
Meanwhile, Ruben Neves is a reported target for Barcelona and the Spanish side may have the upper hand on Manchester United and Arsenal.
Neves has been one of Wolves’ most important assets since joining the club. Indeed, the Portuguese midfielder has contributed to 23 goals in coming up to four seasons in the Premier League. However, his influence on proceedings stretches far further than just goals and assists.
Wolves have benefitted from Neves being in their side. The midfielder has been a vital cog, and helped the Midlanders to back-to-back 7th-placed league finishes.
However, his impact at Wolves has now drawn attention from some of Europe’s biggest hitters. Barcelona, Manchester United and Arsenal are all reported to be interested in Neves.
A report from Mundo Deportivo details how Barcelona might have the upper hand. Indeed, it mentions how Neves’ agent, Jorge Mendes, has a good relationship with the Barca president Joan Laporta.
That relationship could ‘facilitate the negotiations’ of the signing of Neves.
Barcelona ‘lack personnel’ in their midfield, and Neves is seen as a top player to come into the side. If signed, he is viewed as a long-term successor to club legend Sergio Busquets.
However, their financial troubles could hinder any potential deal.
Given Neves’ starting price ‘could be around €50million’ (£42 million) it might be best to prioritise other positions.
The report states that ‘since young Catalan midfielders are performing at a high level’ a strong effort to land Neves might not be the best thing financially. That is in reference to the likes of Gavi and Pedri.
Ruben Neves and Riqui Puig could swap places
Should Neves move to Barcelona, he could swap places with Riqui Puig. The young Spaniard may be on his way to Wolves, following the latest update.
Barca are reportedly keen on Frank Kessie of AC Milan. In fact, it looks as if that deal may be close to being agreed.
In that scenario, Puig may become surplus to requirements, given he has only made 11 appearances this season. His game time may become even more sparse should Kessie join.