Report: Chelsea now interested in international midfielder, Conte said he can become 'world-class'

Chelsea are being linked to Inter Milan’s engine room Marcelo Brozovic.

This transfer information arises from the lips of FCInterNews, who claim the Blues have become a big fan of Brozovic.

The Croatian has been in the Premier League’s eye line for some time.

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Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and most recently Manchester United have all reportedly shown intrigue towards the midfielder.

Apparently Chelsea and Paris-Saint German are also in the hunt for the 28-year-old.

The Brozovic pitch

Brozovic joined Inter over half a decade ago and has since witnessed the good, the bad and the ugly side of the San Siro.

He was present when the club ended 7th in Serie A, their third-lowest finish since the 90s.

But the tattooed tackler also contributed to the awesome period under Antonio Conte.

A Europa League runner-up medal quickly made way for the Italian top-flight title.

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Last season, Brozovic made 42 appearances across all competitions, a tally that should’ve been higher had he not isolated due to covid.

His relationship with Conte certainly ensured a regular run-out in the team.

“Brozo can get better. He can get better with his passes to the attack, he can set up more goals,” said the former Inter coach

“We are working on this. I think he needs to also work on his defensive game. A holding midfielder must be good in defence too. He can become world-class.

“I want him to become a world-class player.”

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Even after Conte’s departure, Brozovic has remained a mainstay in Simeone Inzaghi’s setup.

He is yet to miss a match this term.

So why are Chelsea seemingly after his services?

Central midfield is certainly an area that’s been looked at by the Stamford Bridge hierarchy.

Specifically, a more defensive-minded option, with a nod to N’Golo Kante eventually having to pass the torch.

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Brozovic is certainly a protector and enforcer.

According to WhoScored.com, no Inter player has made more tackles (12) or blocked more shots (four) than the Croat.

Maybe one to consider if all other alternatives for Chelsea fail.  

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.