With Manchester United needing a defensive midfielder, the links to Marcelo Brozovic make some sense, although he isn’t the hard tackling enforcer many think the club need.

After all, the Croatian has been deployed in a deeper position under Simone Inzaghi, a role he has excelled in, helping his team to an unbeaten start to their Serie A campaign in the process.

The most recent story on Manchester United’s interest in Brozovic came from Calciomercato on Tuesday, with it stated they were ‘seriously thinking’ about moving for him, having ‘confirmed’ their interest in the midfielder.

One of the reasons for that is his contract situation, as the player’s deal with Inter expires in June, and there has yet to be a sign of an extension agreement from his end.

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Gazzetta dello Sport cover it on Wednesday, claiming that with his deal ‘expiring in a few months’, there are only two avenues left: ‘either an agreement is found to extend him or it will be goodbye without cashing in a euro’.

With just a few months left before January, when clubs can approach him regarding a free transfer, there is a strong chance the reported Manchester United target will keep his options open for the time being, perhaps waiting to see what is on offer, from Manchester United and other interested parties, before either committing to or walking away from his current club.