Roberto Mancini has something to cheer about at last, after his Internazionale side completed the signing of Marcelo Brozovic.
The former Manchester City coach has had a difficult time since returning to the Nerazzurri in November, and his team have won just two matches from their last 11 league fixtures. This has seen them slip to 10th place in the standings, some 10 points adrift of Napoli who currently occupy the final UEFA Champions League qualifying position in the Serie A ladder.
Mancini has at least been able to bolster his options since the January transfer window opened, most notably with Xherdan Shaqiri (£10million) and Lukas Podolski (loan) from Bayern Munich and Arsenal respectively, whilst Patrick Olsen has rejoined the club following a brief loan spell at Stromsgodset. And now Brozovic, a Croatian international, has linked up from Dinamo Zagreb.
“I’m happy and sad at once,” the 22-year-old midfield player told the official Dinamo website. “Dinamo is my club and I leave here many friends who I will miss, but on the other hand I am happy because I go to a great team and a strong league where I’m waiting for new challenges. Of course, Dinamo will always be my club, but so it is in football and I look forward to going to Italy.”
Brozovic joined Dinamo from Lokomotiva in August 2012, and went on to score 14 goals in 102 appearances. He made his international debut last year, and now has seven caps to his name and he also appeared at the World Cup Finals in Brazil. The midfielder has agreed a two-year loan deal with Inter, who have the option to make the move permanent.