Sunday’s edition of Corriere dello Sport reported Everton have offered Inter Milan a swap deal which would see Davy Klaassen move to Italy and Marcelo Brozovic turn up at Goodison Park.

That’s said to have been knocked back, but it’s another Everton offer, as revealed by FC Inter News, which sounds more likely to have any chance of success. On Saturday evening it was claimed Everton had put in a €16m bid for the Croatian midfielder.

The Italian website said ‘developments are awaited’ and the suggestion was the offer hadn’t yet been thrown out by Inter.

On Sunday FC Inter News cover claims that Sampdoria have also made an approach for Brozovic, offering to loan the player until the end of the season. That’s not something Inter are said to be at all interested in, they’d rather keep Brozovic than see him leave on a loan.

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It’s explained the only way Brozovic leaves is if he’s sold outright, allowing Inter to invest the money elsewhere. Everton’s offer therefore looks much better if the other options are so poor, but it’s still likely they’d have to raise it.

Inter Milan’s public stance is that Brozovic isn’t for sale, but the Italian press don’t seem to believe them.