Long-time target of fierce foes Arsenal and Tottenham Marcelo Brozovic won’t be moving to north London in the near future, after the Croatian enforcer joined Roberto Mancini’s Inter Milan revolution on a two-year loan deal.
According to the Nerazzurri website, the 22-year-old’s temporary contract comes equipped with ‘a conditional obligation to make the move permanent’.
The midfielder featured in Niko Kovac’s Croatia squad at the 2014 World Cup and had been widely tipped to make a Premier League move with a host of high-profile suitors keen on his services.
Having missed out on Brozovic, fans of both the Gunners and Lilywhites will be encouraging their teams to invest in a new anchorman in the final week of the January transfer window, but their yearning is set to go unacknowledged.
Arsenal have already signed a rearguard screen in the shape of Polish prodigy Krystian Bielik, but aged just 17, it’s unlikely the battering-ram-in-training is going to feature in the first team until next season at the absolute earliest.
Despite this, the Gunners have seldom been linked with an established defensive-midfielder following the acquisition of the Legia Warsaw youngster.
Spurs also seem to have abandoned desires to populate this department, or so rumours of a mega-bucks move for Chelsea outcast Andre Schurrle suggest.
Having made no progress in attempts to refurbish their forward line – supposed interest in Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez and Sevilla’s Carlos Bacca have come to nothing – the Lilywhites may be tempted to fork out the frankly outrageous £30m Chelsea are demanding for a player they clearly deem substandard.
When quizzed on the matter, Mauricio Pochettino replied:
“There are a lot of rumours at this time of year, but we must focus on this game (Capital One Cup semi-final with Sheffield United) and after analyse each situation differently.”
This non-committal comment is anything but a denial of interest from the Argentine, whose troops are 83/100 to prevail at Bramall Lane.