Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte is said to be wary of Liverpool’s potential interest in Marcelo Brozovic and sees a contract renewal for the Croatian as one of the club’s most pressing matters, according to reports.
The print edition of Libero (15/04/2020, pg 23) reported in April that Liverpool are keen on the midfielder who has a €60 million (£53.4m) release clause in his current deal at Inter. It was even suggested that Liverpool had actually been in contact with the player’s representatives.
That clause is active for two weeks in July, as Brozovic’s agent confirmed to Sportske Novosti later that month.
Reports of Liverpool’s interest has since gone cold amid continued links with Timo Werner. But with the German now seemingly on his way to Chelsea, the Reds might be in a position to spend their money elsewhere.
According to CalcioMercato, that has Conte worried. The Inter boss sees Brozovic as his most important midfielder and has informed the club to make securing the World Cup finalist’s future with a new deal, removing his release clause, as a number one priority.
In all honesty, it would have been a big shock to see Liverpool spend that sort of money on Brozovic, even before the global health crisis.
Now, with the Reds seemingly set to keep spending to a minimum, it would be a massive shock if they were still set to activate his release clause.
But keeping Conte skittish is at least a reason to celebrate for Liverpool fans, given some of his antics toward the club during his time as Chelsea boss.