Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has identified Liverpool-linked Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic as an ideal summer signing, according to reports.
Brozovic is a favourite of Inter boss Antonio Conte having missed only three games for the Serie A giants all season through injury and suspension.
The Croatia international netted the first of his side’s four goals in a stunning comeback win against bitter rivals AC Milan last weekend and has chipped in with two other strikes and five assists this term.
Reports on Wednesday claimed that Liverpool had sent scouts to the Milan derby to keep an eye on Brozovic ahead of a potential summer move.
According to Mundo Deportivo, however, Madrid plan to muscle in on the race for the 27-year-old.
It is said that Zidane eyes Brozovic as an ideal replacement for 34-year-old Luka Modric, who has been linked with a move away from the Spanish capital.
The likes of Inter, DC United and David Beckham’s Inter Miami have all been sounded out as possible next destinations for the 2018 Ballon d’Or winner.
The report adds that Brozovic has a £50.5million release clause in his contract, which is set to expire in 2022.
The earlier claims about Liverpool‘s interest also said, however, that Inter have begun attempts to tie Brozovic down to a new deal until 2024.
In other news, Liverpool could face a tough fight to land another reported target after it was confirmed that Arsenal have held discussions over a deal for Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze.
Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move for the 20-year-old Nigeria international, who has caught the eye in LaLiga this term.
However, Villarreal midfielder Santi Cazorla confirmed that he had received a call from his former club, who have interest in bringing Chukwueze to the Premier League.