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Sam Allardyce tried to bring reported Liverpool target Marcelo Brozovic to Everton in 2018

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Sam Allardyce tried to bring reported Liverpool target Marcelo Brozovic to Everton in 2018

Everton were reportedly keen on a deal for the Croatian midfielder.

Liverpool are reportedly in contact with the agent of Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic. 

The print edition of Libero (15/04/2020, pg 23) reported this week, as relayed by SempreInter that Inter are now hoping to renew the contract of Brozovic to remove his current €60 million (£52m) release clause. 

Liverpool are said to be keen, and with the club potentially on the hunt for a playmaker to replace Adam Lallana, Brozovic could be an option. 

But it would really sting for Everton fans, as Sam Allardyce once tried to bring the Croatian star to Goodison Park. 

Marcelo Brozovic of Croatia in action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

In January 2018, Everton were hopeful of signing the midfielder. As reported by a number of sources Everton boss Allardyce was keen and saw him as a potentially crucial recruit in the centre of the park.

As reported by CalcioMercato, Everton were hopeful of a deal in the region of £13 million. An asking price of £24.5 million appeared to put Everton’s interest to bed, as reported by Football Italia. 

‘Big Sam’ even spoke about the interest, telling the Liverpool Echo he would not rule out a deal for the player.

 

“Not yet. I’m not ruling anybody in or out because it’s impossible to do that, the window open for anyone and somewhere out of the blue, which normally happens this time, could appear.”


At the time, it appeared like something of a gamble. Brozovic was struggling for football at the San Siro and was even getting booed off by his own fans, a fate shared by Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin at the same time. 

No deal happened and Brozovic went on to turn things around at the San Siro with a fantastic second half of the season. 

He followed that up with a starring role in Croatia’s run to the World Cup final that summer and has been an integral part of the Inter puzzle since. 

Now, just over two years since Allardyce wanted him at Everton, it appears Brozovic might end up on the other side of Stanley Park.

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