Chelsea 'ready to sniff out' free transfer move for Marcelo Brozovic with PSG also interested in Inter Milan midfielder

CHELSEA are plotting to sign Inter Milan star Marcelo Brozovic when his contract expires next summer, according to reports.

There are several clubs interested in the midfielder with Inter also keen to hold onto him.

The Serie A club reportedly sat down with Brozovic this week to begin discussions about a contract renewal, according to Tuttosport.

Brozovic is said to be happy in Milan but will make demands over wages, with the Croatian seeking around £100,000-a-week.

Tuttosport suggests the pressure is on Inter owners Suning as Brozovic will be free to speak to possible foreign suitors from January onwards.

Chelsea are said to be monitoring those talks with the aim to swoop in if they are not progressing well.

The Blues would be willing to offer Brozovic a "hefty package" to persuade him to move to west London.

Thomas Tuchel added to his midfield options with the loan signing of Saul from Atletico Madrid last summer.

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But with just two appearances to his name so far the Spaniard is taking a while to settle, and Tuchel has preferred to use Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley instead recently.

Chelsea could view Brozovic as a potential option to bolster their depth in midfield, but could face competition for his signature.

Newcastle are reportedly keen on the 28-year-old with Paris Saint-Germain also linked.

The Blues have held a long-term interest in Brozovic but were frustrated by the Inter star in 2016 when he rejected a move to Stamford Bridge – he instead decided to pen a new long-term contract.

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