Liverpool sent scouts to watch Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic in their win over rivals AC Milan at the weekend, according to reports.
The Reds are closing in on a first ever league title in the Premier League era, and will be looking to reinforce their squad further over the summer – with one of their senior players, Dejan Lovren, confirming the squad will be chasing down more trophies as they look to replicate the most successful sides like Barcelona.
One area they could replenish is the midfield, where Adam Lallana is out of contract at the end of June. And according to FCInterNews, Liverpool have their eyes on a Serie A star as a summer reinforcement.
The report claims that the Reds watched Marcelo Brozovic as he played a key role in Inter’s 4-2 come-from-behind win in the Milan derby, with the Croatian star scoring the goal that kicked off Inter’s comeback.
If they wish to firm up their interest with an offer, Brozovic will not come cheap, as he has a €60m release clause – which Inter are looking to remove as part of a new contract.
The 27-year-old’s contract expires in 2022, but Inter are concerned that his release clause may be activated, so they are looking to increase his salary in a new deal until 2024.
If Brozovic agrees to the new terms, his release clause will also be removed, giving Inter a stronger hand in negotiating when offers come in for him.
Should Liverpool’s interest be genuine, they will also have to fight off competition from Real Madrid, who are also listed as a potential suitor by Mundo Deportivo.
The La Liga giants are still in search of midfield reinforcements, having been part of the Paul Pogba chase for some time, and Brozovic is one name that has cropped up as an alternative – with a move to Real potentially giving him the chance to link up with (or replace) international teammate Luka Modric.