Brozovic was officially announced as a new Inter player on Monday, joining the San Siro outfit on a two-year loan deal with an obligation to buy in 2017.
For months speculation had persisted on the future of the 22-year-old midfielder, as Arsenal had long been said to be interested, while Everton were also linked with him.
The Croatia international had developed a reputation as a true star of the future and picked up a moniker in ‘the new Xavi’ – as promising young players often do.
More of a box-to-box presence in the centre of the park than the defensive midfielder Arsenal fans have craved for years, Brozovic nonetheless looked an exciting target.
Arsene Wenger’s midfield would’ve picked up yet another young addition on top of Krystian Bielik to aid in phasing out older options like Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini.
Brozovic, however, would never arrive. The Croatian’s agent essentially ruled out a move to Napoli earlier this month, while the Daily Mail reported that Arsenal had tabled a bid.
But Inter would win the sweepstakes for his signature, swooping in with an offer of their own and quickly tying up a deal that was made official by the Nerazzurri on Monday.
This has left Arsenal to pick up the pieces and look elsewhere for further squad reinforcements, Brozovic heading off to northern Italy to link up with Lukas Podolski.
And on Tuesday the midfielder’s agent spoke to Calciomercato on his client’s reasons for opting to move to Inter over other destinations.
Asked about previous interest from AC Milan, Napoli, Everton and Arsenal, Miroslav Bicanic said: “Brozovic was followed by many big clubs, yes. But now the only important one is Inter.
“Marcelo chose Inter because it is a club with a great history and a great coach. He is a great friend of [Nerazzurri and Croatia midfielder Mateo] Kovacic, they have played together many times.
“First it is important to adapt to his new club, and learn Italian as soon as possible.”
Brozovic joins a midfield at Inter that includes Gary Medel, Fredy Guarin, Hernanes and Zdravko Kuzmanovic along with compatriot Kovacic.
The Nerazzurri are in a rebuilding stage under Mancini at present and the Italian will likely afford space to Brozovic, with Guarin, Hernanes and Kuzmanovic all out of form.
In turn, breaking into the side and establishing himself will probably be somewhat easier for Brozovic at San Siro than it would’ve been at Arsenal.
Nonetheless, Wenger has a strong record of bringing youth along and Bielik opted for the Emirates at only 17, while the Gunners could use a player in the Croatian’s mould.
At any rate they’ve missed out at this point in time, and the task of blooding Brozovic is now one in the hands of Mancini – a trusted figure for the task by his agent’s comments.