Liverpool could miss out on key midfield target after Chelsea enter the race for World Cup star
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Liverpool have received a major blow in their pursuit of Marcelo Brozovic following reports that Chelsea are plotting a move for Inter Milan midfielder.
The Blues have been incredibly busy this January, recruiting a number of high profile players to Stamford Bridge, with Lyon defender Malo Gusto the latest addition.
But one of the only positions they are yet to strengthen is central midfield - perhaps, where most of their problems have lied this season.
N'Golo Kante has spent the bulk of the campaign on the sidelines with a hamstring injury. Meanwhile, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic have struggled in his absence.
Brozovic stared for Croatia at the Qatar World Cup, helping them to a third-placed finish at the tournament. He has also been an integral part of Inter Milan's success in recent years.
However, the Serie A side could be willing to let him go.
Brozovic to Chelsea?
According to Gazetta dello Sport, Inter Milan are prepared to sell Brozovic in the summer transfer window.
It is understood that the Italian giants would want around €30million (£26million) for the 30-year-old.
Whilst the report states that Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are all interested in signing the defensive midfielder, whose contract expires in 2026.
Chelsea have spent most of their money on younger players this January, leaving some fans questioning their interest in a player who, at 30, does not fit that age profile.
Although, the West London club are also said to have resumed their pursuit of 22-year-old Argentinian midfielder Enzo Fernandez.
Klopp interested in Brozovic
Liverpool were linked to Brozovic earlier in the window, with Jurgen Klopp said to be in the market for midfield additions.
A report from Italian outlet Calciomercatoweb claimed that Klopp is an 'admirer' of the player, and has been keen to bring him to Anfield this January.
However, squad regulation issues have hindered the Reds, whilst they are thought to be unable to compete with other teams financially. But the same source claimed they may have found a solution to this issue, using Naby Keita as a bargaining tool.
It is thought that the Reds were prepared offer a fee of between €30-35 million to sign the Croatian, and include Keita as part of a swap deal, although it is unclear as to whether this is still the case.
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