Report: Everton enter the race to sign Marcelo Brozovic after impressing at Euro 2016

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Everton are reportedly battling Stoke City for the signature of Inter Milan ace Marcelo Brozovic.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesCroatia midfielder Marcelo Brozovic

According to Sky Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio, Everton and Stoke City are interested in signing Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic.

The Toffees have splashed the cash in recent weeks, bringing in defender Ashley Williams, midfielder Idrissa Gueye and winger Yannick Bolasie – but new manager Ronald Koeman may not be done just yet.

-  Inter Milan's Marcelo Brozovic celebrates after scoringInter Milan's Marcelo Brozovic celebrates after scoring

Another midfielder appears to be a top target for Koeman, and with investment from Farhad Moshiri, the Dutchman can afford to look for high-profile targets – and he appears to have identified a Serie A star as a potential signing.

Sky Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Everton want Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, but are joined in the race by Premier League rivals Stoke City.

Croatia's Marcelo Brozovic looks dejected after a missed chanceCroatia's Marcelo Brozovic looks dejected after a missed chance

Brozovic, 23, joined Inter on an initial 18-month loan deal back in January 2015 having impressed in his native Croatia with Dinamo Zagreb – and after eight goals in 51 games for the Serie A giants, his permanent deal has been activated.

However, the playmaker could end up leaving the San Siro this summer regardless, with clubs unsurprisingly keen on Brozovic after his seven-goal campaign last season.

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Having impressed at Euro 2016 with Croatia, Everton and Stoke are now believed to be lining up ambitious moves for Brozovic, and have been boosted by Inter's refusal to sell the player to Serie A rivals Juventus.

Inter are looking to fund a move for Sporting's Portuguese star Joao Mario, and want to do it by selling Brozovic. A talented dribbler, hard worker and sound passer, Brozovic would certainly add quality to either Everton or Stoke – and they may now be in a battle for his signature before the transfer deadline in two weeks.

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