Report: Newcastle snubbed despite meeting title-winner’s £128k-a-week demands
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Report: Newcastle snubbed despite meeting title-winner's £128k-a-week demands

Marcelo Brozovic snubbed a contract offer from Newcastle United worth more than £128,000-a-week before agreeing a new deal with Inter Milan, according to a report from Gazzetta dello Sport.

Brozovic is currently set to be a free agent in the summer. Unsurprisingly, he was attracting interest having established himself as one of the best holding midfielders in Europe.

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No midfielder in Serie A has covered a greater distance with progressive passes this season, according to FB Ref. Meanwhile, he tops Inter’s charts for tackles won.

Newcastle were keen on bringing the 29-year-old to Tyneside. And it appeared that there may have been an opportunity, with the Nerazzurri struggling to agree fresh terms with Brozovic.

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Gazzetta dello Sport reports that he wanted €8 million per year in his new contract.

Interestingly, the deal that Inter have now agreed with Brozovic goes close to being worth €7 million per year. It is suggested that the terms are agreed and an announcement is imminent.

That may be particularly frustrating for Newcastle. Gazzetta dello Sport claims that they were in fact prepared to meet Brozovic’s demands. However, he was not keen to make the move with the Magpies struggling.

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Newcastle may not be particularly surprised to see Brozovic snub their offer. They were never going to be able to attract all of their more ambitious targets.

It is a gamble to join the Magpies this month. Unfortunately, there is a danger that new signings may be playing Championship football next year. And at 29, Brozovic will be aware that he may not have many more years at the peak of his powers.

But it could be huge if they can convince one or two marquee targets to sign. Eddie Howe’s men are not far off safety by any means.

Brozovic looks set to stay exactly where he is. But Newcastle fans can take heart from their pursuit. They were prepared to spend big to try and tempt him away.

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