Inter Milan are finally willing to listen to offers for one of their most sought-after stars this summer, according to reports in Italy.
Simone Izaghi’s side are currently second in the Serie A table, but a distant 15 points adrift of runaway leaders Napoli. Indeed, the Gli Azzurri are closing in on what would be a much-celebrated first domestic title in 33 years.
That will make Luciano Spalletti’s side legends given the long wait – and since the days of Diego Maradona – to celebrate such a moment.
For Inter, though, Napoli’s success will mark two years since their last success. But having won the 2021 Scudetto, there will be disappointment at the San Siro that they were unable to build on that success.
As such, reports claim the club are already putting together their plans for what they hope will be a more successful 2023/24 campaign.
To start with, the club, together with Inzaghi, are drawing up a list of players they want to retain for next season. And on the flip side of that, there will be a number of players moved on as a result.
That list is likely to be headed up by Romelu Lukaku, who has been on loan this season from Chelsea. There is no option in the deal to make the move permanent. And with the striker struggling to recapture his best form following a string of injuries, Inter are unlikely to try and renew his loan from Chelsea into a second spell.
In addition, there could be more big-name departures too. Milan Skriniar will likely leave as a free agent at the end of his contract with a move to PSG most likely.
Inter ready to sell Marcelo Brozovic
And there remains question marks over Hakan Calhanoglu, who could be allowed to depart.
However, another high-profile departure could come in midfield, with Inter now ready to cash in on Marcelo Brozovic.
The Croatian has been a regular in their side since a 2015 move, initially on loan, from Dinamo Zagreb. Once considered indisposable in their midfield, the 30-year-old has made over 300 appearances for the Nerazzurri.
However, Brozovic has found first-team chances harder to come by this season and the club are reportedly now open to his sale. With finances still tight at the San Siro, his sale certainly makes a great deal of sense.
Indeed, having made just seven starts in Serie A, il Gazzetta dello Sport claims they have decided to cash in on the player while his market value still remains high.
And having signed a deal to keep him at the San Siro until 2027 just last summer, Inter know they can command a pretty hefty fee for the defensive midfielder.
News that Brozovic is up for sale is likely to alert a string of Premier League suitors. To that end, Liverpool are among those to have been linked. And with Jurgen Klopp looking to freshen up his engine room this summer, a deal for Brozovic ticks plenty of boxes.
However, they are far from the only suitors, with Newcastle also among his admirers. Eddie Howe is seeking an upgrade on Sean Longstaff in the middle of the park and the Croatian could be the experienced hand he needs should they secure a return to the Champions League.
Tottenham lead Brozovic chase
However, it is Tottenham who are reportedly leading the chase for Brozovic.
Their manager Antonio Conte knows the player having worked with him during his time at the San Siro. And while Conte’s future remains far from certain, it’s reported that chairman Daniel Levy is ready to follow through with a deal regardless of who is manager next season.
To that end, Spurs reportedly held talks with the agent of the Croatian midfielder earlier this month.
And Inter are reportedly considering cashing in were Tottenham to offer a fee in the region of £22.2m (€25m).
However, those reports also claim Inter are open to a potential swap deal with Tottenham too – and that may yet be to Levy’s liking. As such, Inter are also reportedly willing to accept just £8.88m (€10m) along with Japhet Tangana as part of a swap.
The 23-year-old has fallen down the pecking order, making just four appearances this season.
And if they can bring Brozovic in, he will add some much-needed experience and guile to a Spurs midfield with has often looked short if first choices Rodrigo Bentancur and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg are ever absent.