Yesterday fans were treated to the double excitement of Joao Mario and Gabriel Barbosa (now that he’s an Inter player he has to earn the Gabigol nickname here) both arriving in Milan to sign for Inter. The two deals are expected to have cost something around €70m, though there are suggestions floating around that Inter can avoid running afoul with FFP if these players aren’t registered for the Europa League. Even if that is the case a sale is expected to occur and Marcelo Brozovic looks to be the one with his foot out the door.
There have been rumors for a few weeks now that the Croatian midfielder was looking to leave Inter and now his agent confirmed that the club is looking to sell him and that both Chelsea and Arsenal are interested in his signature. Miroslav Bicanic told Index that representatives from Antonio Conte’s club are already in Milan negotiating so they probably have the upper hand, though he made it clear that he is in no rush to make a deal happen immediately. With Juventus being thoroughly rejected in their bid for Blaise Matuidi the Bianconeri could try again for Brozovic but Inter has made it very clear that selling him abroad is pretty much the only option.
I understand why selling Brozovic is probably a good idea. Though we just got new owners a sale is good to help absorb some of the costs of this transfer market, there’s still a possibility of the club making a move for a defender, plus there’s been some weirdness going on with Brozovic’s contract extension negotiations. I’ve always liked Epic Brozo though, and since his arrival the 23 year old has been a constant face in the starting lineup. His versatility has been a great asset and if (when) he gets sold he will be missed. I just hope that his departure doesn’t make Ivan Perisic get too lonely since he’ll be the only Croatian at the club.