We don’t usually cover the English media but a line from The Mirror over the weekend caught our attention: ‘TOTTENHAM are considering taking Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic on loan with a view to a £12.5million deal in the summer.’

Mauricio Pochettino may well be interested in Brozovic, this morning we reiterated there’s been repeated links with Tottenham over the past year, however, the structure of a loan and then paying £12.5m sounds like complete fantasy.

Brozovic recently extended his contract from a 2019 end date to a 2012 expiry, and that included a significant pay rise. Inter didn’t do that so they could then loan the player out and sell him for a relatively small fee.

As Gazzetta dello Sport explained this morning, Inter’s precarious Financial Fair Play situation means they may well consider a sale and ‘sacrifice’ Brozovic, but for a fee in the region of €25m to €30m. A loan move to Tottenham would make all that rather pointless.

Brozovic’s new deal has a €50m release clause applicable only to clubs outside of Italy. Inter will likely never get that, probably agreeing to sell earlier if it looked like he’d reach that level, but they’re hardly going to insert that and then let him go on such a poorly structured deal.

Daniel Levy may be a master at transfers, but he’d have to be a magician to pull this one off for Tottenham.