Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur can finally end their pursuit of Marcelo Brozovic after he signed a new contract to stay with Inter Milan.
It feels like there is a new Brozovic rumour every other week amid long-standing uncertainty over his contract situation at Inter.
The Croatian midfielder was scheduled to be out of contract this summer and was unsurprisingly attracting major interest.
Brozovic rejected approaches from both Newcastle and Tottenham in January.
No wonder Antonio Conte wanted Brozovic at Tottenham; the Croatian was a key part of Conte’s title-winning Inter side last season.
That wasn’t enough to convince Brozovic into joining Tottenham, who ended up signing Rodrigo Bentancur from Juventus instead.
As for Newcastle, they wanted a big midfield addition in January as they looked to splash the cash after their takeover.
With Brozovic rejecting a move to St James’ Park, the Magpies snapped up Bruno Guimaraes from Lyon.
Both clubs will be happy with their purchases but may have held out a glimmer of hope of signing Brozovic for free.
Inter have still been at risk of losing the heartbeat of their midfield with Brozovic’s contract running down, but they have finally sorted a deal.
Inter have confirmed on Twitter that Brozovic has signed a new four-year contract, keeping him at the San Siro until 2026.
When an Inter legend like Beppe Bergomi calls you ‘irreplaceable’, the gauntlet has been laid down to the board to sort out a contract.
Inter have finally come up with the right terms and can now look forward to another four years of Brozovic running their midfield.
The rumours over the 29-year-old’s future can finally end, and the ship has seemingly sailed on seeing Brozovic play Premier League football in his career.