According to a recent report from Croatian newspaper Jutarnji List, Tottenham have made a move for midfielder Marcelo Brozovic. The 25-year-old currently plays his football in Italy with giants Inter Milan and has done so since 2015, with the midfielder also playing a key part in helping Croatia reach the World Cup final earlier in the summer, although they lost 4-2 to France in the showpiece.
And Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham have reportedly made a €40 million (£36 million) move for the midfielder, and with reports suggesting that they are just £9 million away from meeting his release clause, the North Londoners must seek to up the ante to salvage something from a disappointing summer, and potentially replace wantaway star Mousa Dembele.
Ultimately, it has been a testing summer for Pochettino’s side given they have so far failed to strengthen their squad, despite being linked with a whole host of names over the course of the close season.
And while no players of note have left the North London outfit this summer, Dembele is one who looks likely to, even if not before the close of the English transfer window at 5pm this evening.
And given just how influential he has been to Spurs in recent seasons, not least in forming a sensational partnership with Victor Wanyama in their run to second place in the Premier League back in the 2016/17 season, Pochettino simply must be prepared to replace him in the last knockings of the transfer window, at the same time salvage something from the summer window.
And £31.5 million-rated Brozovic (as per Transfermarkt) appears to be the ideal man to do just that.
The 25-year-old enjoyed a fine season at Inter last time round in netting four goals and laying on nine assists for the Italian heavyweights in their run to fourth place in Serie A, before backing that up with several fine displays to help his country surprise many by reaching the World Cup final in Russia.
Thus, it seems as though Brozovic is enjoying the best spell of his career and appears to be exactly what Tottenham may need in the middle of the park were Dembele to leave, what with the Croatian equally adept in a more defensive-minded midfield role and indeed an advanced role to underline his suitability in the middle of the park.
Yes, reports suggest that Pochettino’s men are still £9 million away from triggering Brozovic’s release clause, but with the English window shutting earlier than the rest of Europe, and much of the interest in Dembele coming from the continent, the Belgium international still seems likely to leave North London.
As such, Spurs must up the ante in pursuit of Brozovic, not only in a bid to potentially replace Dembele, but also to strike a deal which would go some way to salvaging a disappointing summer for Pochettino’s side.
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