Inter are ready to sell Marcelo Brozovic to Saudi side Al-Nassr, a departure that’s been on the horizon for a number of months now.
The Croatian midfielder has been with the club since 2016 and has been a key figure across his seven years in black and blue, but things began to change last season.
Despite the fact that Brozovic penned a four-year contract with Inter in March of last year, the club knew that a transfer this summer was the right way to move forward after recent events.
Pages six and seven of today’s Gazzetta dello Sport details how the relationship between Inter and Brozovic has been tense for some time now, starting with his injury before the World Cup in Qatar.
The 30-year-old recovered slowly after suffering the hamstring issue in October and only made three substitute appearances for the Nerazzurri before heading off to Qatar.
At the World Cup, Brozovic played almost every available minute for Croatia, yet returned in January carrying a calf injury, leading to some belief that he prioritised the national team over the club.
This injury was not managed by the Inter medical staff but instead by personal physiotherapist Andreja Milutinovic, who has worked closely with intercity rivals Milan.
Also a source of frustration was Brozovic’s attitude. The 30-year-old was regularly seen with negative body language on the pitch and his work in training was also lacking.
The latest rift was formed by the midfielder’s attempt to receive severance pay from the Nerazzurri ahead of his move to Al-Nassr, something that wasn’t appreciated by the club.
A sale made sense for Inter because of the need to generate resources to bring in reinforcements and Hakan Calhanoglu’s ability to slot into Brozovic’s role in the midfield.