The 23-year-old could be moving to Stamford Bridge but the Italian giants have offered him a new deal despite allowing the Blues to open talks
Inter have matched Chelsea’s initial contract offer to Marcelo Brozovic after the Blues had a €25 million bid accepted but the Croatian is demanding more money from both clubs, Goal understands.
Brozovic’s agent, Miroslav Bicanic, has successfully encouraged a bidding war over his client’s contract, which he believes is below the player’s value to his current club.
The midfielder has been offered around €2.5m per year by Inter, despite asking for a figure closer to €4m per year, with Chelsea also falling short of his wage demands.
Brozovic currently earns much less than the majority of the first-team squad at Stamford Bridge and wants an even bigger offer from Chelsea than Inter in order to match the salary of some of his prospective new team-mates.
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Sources close to Inter have told Goal that he is “extremely likely” to make a move to England before the transfer window shuts on August 31 but the Nerazzurri have offered him a new deal, if he decides to stay.
Inter have decided to accept Chelsea’s bid as they must raise funds after the recent moves for Gabriel Barbosa and Joao Mario put them at risk of breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules
Brozovic, meanwhile, was given special dispensation to spend the morning dealing with his transfer situation as his national team prepare to face Turkey on Monday.
Croatia began their first training session without the versatile midfielder, who featured in 32 games for his club last season and played for his country in Euro 2016.