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Midfielder move intensifies as Newcastle flex muscles over Chelsea target

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A report in Italy claims Newcastle United are set to offer Marcelo Brozovic a huge pay hike to leave Inter in the summer and join the St James’ Park revolution.

The Magpies have now become serious players in the transfer market thanks to their £305m takeover. The Tynesiders are now majority owned by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund (PIF), and finally have cash to spend. Even thinking about paying huge wages or signing expensive players would have been out of the question during Mike Ashley’s reign.

But the Sports Direct mogul is now out of the picture and fans can look forward to better times. Steve Bruce has already been jettisoned and the supporters await the new manager’s arrival.

Paulo Fonseca is the current favourite but other names remain in the frame. Whoever comes in will have a tough job to lift the north-east outfit out of the doldrums.

They are still winless in 2021-2022 and sit 19th of the 20 top-flight teams. Recruitment in January will be key to their hopes of staying in England’s top division.

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And Brozovic is a player on the club’s radar. However, he will be out of contract with Inter next summer. And Newcastle may be prepared to wait until he is available on a free transfer.

The 28-year-old is holding out for a better deal with the Serie A champions but reports claim he will not extend his stay. And CalcioMercato state that Newcastle are ready to offer him £113k-a-week to sign up at the end of the season.

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That trumps what the Nerazzurri have put on the table and makes the prospect of playing in black and white attractive.

Battle on for Brozovic

Brozovic has been with Inter since January 2014 and made 254 appearances in all competitions for the Italians. He has bagged 24 goals but is more of a creative, box-to-box midfielder.

The Croatia international was credited with six assists as Inter claimed last season’s Scudetto. He has also scored seven times from 68 international outings.

The former Dinamo Zagreb ace has a few high-profile suitors, with Chelsea linked on several occasions this month. And Liverpool are also thought to be keen and monitoring his situation closely.

Clubs may move in January and try to sign him for a cut-price fee. But it seems as though Newcastle are prepared to bide their time with the promise of a bumper deal heading into 2022-2023.

He can sign a pre-contract deal with clubs in January and Magpies fans will hope to see him next term.

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