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Jan Vertonghen for Marcelo Brozovic?

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Either Inter is really serious about shipping out Brozovic or the press is really serious about pushing this story...

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Another day, another rumor. This one sees Inter potentially killing two birds with one stone, but it also seems fairly unlikely.

The first part of the story links Inter with a move for Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen. The 29 year old played for Inter manager Frank De Boer during their time at Ajax, and apparently the Dutchman would love to have him join his new club. In order to facilitate this move Inter is apparently willing to offer the North London club Marcelo Brozović, though with expectations that Tottenham would give up some cash too. Reports have indicated that the Croatian midfielder is looking to move away from Inter and the Milanese club would be willing to ship him out as long as he joins a team from another league. Sky claims that Inter has floated the idea to Tottenham and the English club is unconvinced at this time, though they believe that Ausilio and co. will not give up their pursuit easily.

As much as I would love to see Vertonghen at Inter, I highly doubt this will happen. First of all we’ll have to deal with Daniel Levy, who might actually be one of the most frustrating people to negotiate with (yes, even worse than Claudio Lotito). Also most of the players Inter has been linked with in order to help strengthen the backline are players who would probably be willing to accept a rotation role; I seriously doubt Vertonghen would be willing to come to Inter just to play second fiddle to Miranda and Jeison Murillo. But if the club is serious about this and would be willing to accept a straight swap rather than Tottenham adding some cash along with the Belgian defender (which let’s be honest is probably the only way Levy would even consider this deal), then Inter would pretty much be set in defense for this upcoming season. He is a great centerback who could also help out at left back, though he apparently isn’t the world’s biggest fan of playing out wide.