Liverpool want Internazionale midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, according to reports. The Italians hope to remove his release clause, however.
Milanese paper Libero makes the claim. They believe that Liverpool don’t just want Brozovic but have already contacted his agent about a move.
There’s quite a bit going on here, though, and things don’t look particularly straightforward.
Brozovic is 27, meaning he’s pretty much at the oldest age that Liverpool would consider. He has a release clause, too – around £52m – thus the Reds know how to get him.
But his contract ends in 2022, meaning his price will only drop from here. Do you wait a year and hope for that? Or do you push on now at a high price to get an extra year out of him?
And according to both Libero and Calcio Mercato, Inter hope to extend Brozovic’s deal. The former also believes that they want to take out that release clause.
Doing so would surely end any hopes that Liverpool have, especially as it suggests that Inter want more than £52m for the Croatian.
What RTK has to say
Brozovic is a good player and would probably fit in at Liverpool. This only makes sense if one of the current first-choice midfielders leaves, however.
He’s 27, meaning he’s a player you sign for right now and not a few years from now. It doesn’t really make any sense to sign a 27-year-old as back up, either. You’d want that to be a player you can develop to take over from the current first-choice players.
It also makes little sense to spend £52m on backup. You can justify the fee if Brozovic would start regularly but not if he’s waiting for his chance.
There is the chance that Gini Wijnaldum could leave as he comes to the end of his contract. In that scenario, signing a 27-year-old who can directly replace him does make sense. Outside of that, though, we can’t see Brozovic at Anfield.