Chelsea have been hit with a blow in their pursuit of highly-rated Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, with reports that a Chinese Super League club have made a serious move on him.
According to Calciomercato.com, an unnamed Chinese outfit (fast becoming the phrase of the transfer window) have made a £43m bid for the player, who only recently signed a new contract at Inter; and the Serie A club are said to be considering it.
The Croatian was a chief target for Antonio Conte and Chelsea during the summer, and was expected to move to Stamford Bridge. A reported bid was knocked back, however, and he went on to extend his deal with the Nerazzurri.
The report states that the club are trying to meet FIFA Fair Play rules, and getting £43m for a player they paid just £6.5m from Dinamo Zagreb is proving to be a real seller.
Brozovic has made 11 appearances for the Italian side this season. Inter are currently on break and won’t be playing again until January 8, so if a transfer is to happen, it will probably be wrapped up before then.
Chelsea are still thought to be interested in signing the 24-year-old, but are very unlikely to match the £43m offer, despite making £60m off the sale of Oscar to Shanghai SIPG this month.
China are attempting to make waves in the football world next year, and are trying to lure some of the biggest stars to their shores.
Former Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus striker Carlos Tevez only just sealed a deal to Shanghai Shenhua and is now the highest-paid player in world football.
An unnamed club has also tabled a huge £257m offer for Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, according to the player’s agent Jorge Mendes. He will earn twice as much as Tevez if he somehow makes a move.