'Talks ongoing': Fabrizio Romano says reported Chelsea target still hasn't signed a new contact

Fabrizio Romano explained that Marcelo Brozovic is still dithering over agreeing to a new deal with Inter Milan amidst apparent interest from Chelsea.

Writing on Twitter, Romano told his followers that talks were ‘ongoing’ between Inter and the midfielder over negotiating fresh contract arrangements.

At present, the Croatian international has yet to commit to such an agreement and will instead ‘decide in the coming weeks.’

Brozovic better make a decision soon, otherwise the Serie A side could lose him as a free agent to one of many suitors awaiting his availability.

Making a move for Marcelo

The 29-year-old’s contract runs out next June and although Inter have pushed for him to extend his San Siro stay, their efforts are yet to see a reward.

This has understandably alerted the European heavyweights, who can smell a bargain bubbling to the surface.

One of those clubs reportedly is Chelsea, who have been credited with showing interest in the 2018 World Cup runner-up by The Sun earlier this month.

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Thomas Tuchel’s employers are still seemingly intent on signing a new central midfielder, either in January or the summer.

Aurelien Tchouameni and Jude Bellingham are leading the race, although Juventus’ Adrien Rabiot has also recently been added to the list.

What these three certainly have over Brozovic is age (Tchouameni 21, Bellingham 18, Rabiot 26), but not experience.

Old dog, new tricks

The Croat has over 400 club appearances to his name, with more than half of them being earned at Inter.

He’s played 70 times for his country, including the aforementioned latest World Cup final.

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An Italian title winner last season and a Europa League finalist the year before that, the tattooed tackle possesses decent pedigree.

A trait that might entice Tuchel to his signature above the other transfer targets.  

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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.