Inter Milan spent a lot of money on improving their squad this summer with the hopes of challenging for Serie A silverware, but such spending sprees often leave one or two players pushed to the fringe of the squad. That appears to be the case with Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, who's now rumoured to have drawn interest from Chelsea and Arsenal according to Tuttosport.
Having recorded only 6 starts and 10 total appearances for the Nerazzurri this season, Brozovic has struggled to fit into a midfield composed of much more experienced players such as Felipe Melo, Fredy Guarin and Gary Medel. The player arrived at San Siro from Dinamo Zagreb in January on a one-and-a-half year loan with an obligatory €8 million buying clause. According to the Italian outlet, Inter are willing to let go of Brozovic for €15 million.
Brozovic, 23, is a Chelsea fan, and legendary midfielder Frank Lampard as an idol. While the Croatian international isn't much of a goalscorer like Lampard, he often performs as a box-to-box midfielder like the former Blues star. He's got a good long-range shot and passing range, although he often looks for the safer option rather than going for a punt forward in more Cesctacular fashion.
Brozovic is neither exceptionally strong or pacy, but he's got a lot of stamina to burn throughout a match, which helps him in his defensive/pressing duties. He often leaves himself in tight spots due to some reckless challenges, something he'll hopefully learn to avoid in the future. At his club and at national level, he's usually the ball-carrier in the pivot, using his timely runs on and off the ball and a great first-touch to get the ball in tight spaces. But by lacking the dribbling abilities of most top midfielders such as Paul Pogba or Marco Verratti, Brozovic isn't nearly as good as either of those two.
Considering the circumstances and the type of player Brozovic is, such a transfer fee doesn't seem too farfetched. He's certainly not as talented as former Inter Milan partner and fellow countryman Mateo Kovacic but he could make for a nice, cheap winter addition to our squad (even though we still have Ruben Loftus-Cheek for free in the squad).