Manchester United are set to go on a vast spending spree this summer and their transfer activity could seen them bring a Serie A ace to Old Trafford.
Italian outlet Gazzetta Dello Sport states Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is keen to land Marcelo Brozovic in a deal from Inter Milan, which could end up costing the Red Devils as much as £43m.
Despite having experienced a takeover last summer, Inter Milan face a battle to keep their stars in the close season and could cash in on the likes of Brozovic to bolster their funds for their own transfer activity- as they seek to return to the summit of Italian football and overthrow Juventus from their dominant spell.
However, questions will be raised as to whether United would be wise to spend such a high figure on 24-year-old Brozovic and there could well be better options out there.
Is Brozovic worth it?
In the modern transfer window, it’s increasingly difficult to judge a player’s true value and whether a deal is good or not. However, £43m for Marcelo Brozovic would be a hefty sum- particularly as it would eclipse the fees of likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in recent years.
In fact, on current numbers £43m would see Brozovic become the third-most expensive signing in Manchester United history, behind only Angel Di Maria and Paul Pogba. Whilst it’s likely new names will be added to United’s transfer history, it puts things into perspective.
There’s also the fact that Manchester United’s midfield ranks are already well stocked with the likes of Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata but with Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick likely to be on their way out, there could be room for a new midfielder.
Where would Brozovic fit in?
Looking at Manchester United’s line-up, Marcelo Brozovic would probably slot into the deep-midfield alongside Ander Herrera- allowing Paul Pogba to stay further forward, increasing his effectiveness as a result, and reducing the pressure on the wide players to track back.
In this role, Brozovic is likely to excel but the fee being mentioned is significantly higher than what you’d expect to pay for a player of his calibre and United may found a better deal elsewhere- as there is no shortage of top-class midfielders in European football.