Atletico Madrid are preparing a summer move for Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, reports Sport.
Barcelona previously identified the Croatian international as a replacement for Sergio Busquets and tried to recruit him in the January transfer window.
However, with the Catalan giants now willing to renew Busquets’ contract, they are no longer pursuing Brozovic seriously.
The Blaugrana’s financial crisis would also not allow them to splurge on expensive targets like Brozovic unless they make a massive clearout.
Fellow La Liga rivals Atletico have now entered the frame and are considering signing Brozovic this summer.
Los Rojiblancos have endured a disappointing season, having been eliminated from all major competitions. They are left fighting for a top-four spot in La Liga.
Atletico will likely undergo a massive overhaul in the summer, with more signings and departures expected on all fronts.
Diego Simeone is an admirer of Brozovic, who has been one of the best midfielders in Serie A over the years.
He has also been a key cog for the Croatian national team, helping them finish runners-up and third in the last two World Cups.
Inter’s financial situation hasn’t improved, and they are open to selling players to balance the books.
The Croatian deep-lying playmaker has a contract running until 2026, and the Nerazzurri may ask for a sizeable fee for his services.
Dani Ceballos is also a potential target, but the Spaniard is reportedly edging towards renewing his contract with Real Madrid.
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