Chelsea and Inter offer Brozovic contracts as he arrives late for Croatia duty

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. 

Balotelli set to join Nice on loan

The Liverpool forward could finally get a move away from Anfield as the Ligue 1 side look to offer him a route out of England and the chance for regular first team football

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is set to join Ligue 1 side Nice after rejecting a return to Italy with Palermo. 

Goal revealed on Thursday that Balotelli had flown to Nice in order to discuss a potential deal while local outlet Nice-Matin report that a potential deal could be sealed in the coming hours. 

It is still currently unclear whether the move for Balotelli, whose contract expires at the end of the season, will be a transfer or a loan, with the striker’s wages reportedly causing a problem.

Nice lost Hatem Ben Arfa on a free to PSG over the summer whilst Valere Germain returned to Monaco following his loan move, meaning the club lost a combined 31 goals.  

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Balotelli was on loan at Milan last season but he scored just once in 20 Premier League appearances and the Italian side did not take up the option to buy him permanently. 

He has not been involved with Liverpool’s first team so far this season with manager Jurgen Klopp making it clear that the forward is not part of his plans. 

Regardless of whether he moves permanently or on loan to Nice it now seems certain that his time with Liverpool will come to an end, with no new contract on the horizon.

Sevilla hijack Besiktas' Nasri move

The Turkish side had hoped to seal a loan deal for the Frenchman but the Spanish outfit have entered the fray and are now favourites to seal a move

Sevilla have joined the race to sign Samir Nasri from Manchester City as Besiktas struggle to convince the Frenchman to move to Turkey.

Besiktas sent a five-man delegation to England on Monday and had hoped to return home with Nasri aboard their private plane.

But Nasri is thought to prefer the idea of a move to Sevilla and Jorge Sampaoli’s side are now favourites to get a deal done before Wednesday’s deadline.

The Andalusians are hoping to offload Yevhen Konoplyanka in order to free up a place in their squad and recoup the necessary funds to bring in a replacement.

Sources in Spain suggest Konoplyanka, who earns roughly £86,000 a week, will move on loan to Schalke.

That will open up the possibility of a season-long loan for Nasri, who has three years left on his City deal, which is worth £120,000 per week.

Sevilla hope to persuade City to contribute part of the 29-year-old’s wages over the duration of the deal.

“There could still be movement,” Nasri said after he contributed to City’s 3-1 victory over West Ham on Sunday. “It depends on a lot of things in fact.

“There’s been a lot of speculation. Things that are true. Things that are false, too, because they’ve never shown me the door or anything like that.

“But I said: ‘Everything depends on what’s up there [in your head] and your desire’. So we’ll see. We’re going to sit down, discuss it and see what’s to be done.”

Meanwhile, City goalkeeper Joe Hart has landed in Italy to finalise his loan move to Torino.

The England No.1 has lost his place at the Etihad Stadium and would have been third choice, behind new signing Claudio Bravo and Willy Caballero, if he had stayed with the Blues.

OFFICIAL: Barcelona sign €30m Valencia striker Alcacer

The 22-year-old joins Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez as part of a formidable attacking line-up at Camp Nou

Barcelona have announced the signing of Spain striker Paco Alcacer from Valencia on a five-year deal.

The 22-year-old, who was omitted from the Valencia side that lost 1-0 to Eibar on Saturday, underwent a medical at Barca on Monday before completing a move worth an initial €30million.

Alcacer scored 43 goals in 124 appearances for Valencia and has won 13 caps for his country.

More to follow…

Knee injury 'not serious' for Arsenal target Lacazette

He was taken off at half-time with a knee problem on Saturday, but the French side have confirmed the 25-year-old’s injury is not serious

The knee injury sustained by Alexandre Lacazette is not serious and the striker should be back in training next week, say Lyon.

Lacazette, having put Lyon 2-1 ahead at Dijon on Saturday, had to be replaced at half-time, with Bruno Genesio’s side going on to lose 4-2.

The France international has scored 63 goals in the past three Ligue 1 seasons and has begun 2016-17 in stunning fashion, Saturday’s effort adding to a hat-trick against Nancy and a brace versus Caen.

The 25-year-old has reportedly attracted the attention of Arsenal and West Ham during the transfer window, whose interest may be piqued with news that his injury has proved only a minor one.

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“Alexandre Lacazette had various radiological examinations which revealed no injury to his knee hit on Saturday in Dijon, or to the ligament or meniscus,” a Lyon statement read.

“The attacker will observe a few days off. A reassessment of the situation will be made next Monday; depending on the results Alexandre could resume training on Tuesday, September 6th.”

Lyon also confirmed that Nabil Fekir, who set up Lacazette’s goal at Dijon, had undergone a small operation to remove some debris in the meniscus of his right knee.

Fekir is expected to return to the squad in three weeks.

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