Inter Milan drop Marcelo Brozovic price-tag by £7m; but are Everton still keen?

Steve Walsh director of football at Everton during the pre-season friendly match between Barnsley and Everton at Oakwell Stadium on July 23, 2016 in Barnsley, England.

Premier League big-spenders Everton reportedly made a £16m bid for Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic in the summer - he'd cost far less now.

Marcelo Brozovic of FC Internazionale Milano celebrates his goal during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 28, 2017 in Milan,...

Marcelo Brozovic hasn’t quite been the same since he fell out with Frank de Boer during the Dutchman’s short-lived spell at Inter Milan at the start of the 2016/17 season.

Until then, the Croatian looked like being a key player for the Milan giants for years to come. These days, however, Brozovic has had to make do with a bit-part role.

He has started just seven of his 13 Serie A appearances under Luciano Spaletti this season and Calciomercato go as far as to claim that Inter would even consider selling Brozovic in January – for as little as £13 million.

Croatia's midfielder Marcelo Brozovic celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2018 World Cup football qualification match between Croatia and Iceland at the Maksimir stadium in Zagreb...

Such a price-tag is a reflection of Inter’s desire to sell with the former Dinamo Zagreb midfielder having been available for about a year.

According to Gazetta dello Sport (21st June), Everton saw a £15.7 million bid rejected in the summer with Inter holding out for £22 million. But if The Toffees want to renew their interest in January, they could get their man for £7 million less.

While that may represent good value, it should be pointed out that there is a reason why Inter are now willing to accept a much smaller transfer fee for their misfit playmaker. The fact is that Brozovic simply hasn’t kicked on from that impressive 2015/16 season under Roberto Mancini.

Marcelo Brozovic #77 of FC Interernazionale (L) and N'Golo Kante #7 of Chelsea FC (R) competes for the ball during the International Champions Cup match between FC Internazionale and...

And if Everton are going to sign a midfielder in the New Year, there are little signs to suggest that Brozovic is particularly high on their wishlist.

As reported by The Mail (live transfer blog, 1.55pm), The Toffees will step up their interest in Sevilla’s Steven N’Zonzi while they have also enquired about Nice’s Jean-Michel Seri, according to Tuttomercatoweb.

This leaves Brozovic rather stuck in limbo.

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