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Ivan Perisic no longer off the market according to Inter Milan manager

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Teams interested ‘must pay the adequate sum.’

FC Internazionale v Benevento Calcio - Coppa Italia
Ivan Perisic of FC Internazionale gestures during the Coppa Italia match between FC Internazionale and Benevento Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 13, 2019 in Milan, Italy.
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Ivan Perisic was long considered untouchable at Inter Milan. So much so that several offers for the Croatian winger’s services were pushed back last year.

Now, however, the tide has turned and even Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti has said Perisic could go.

“We are talking about Perisic because he has interest from other teams and everyone would like to have him on his team,” Spalletti said Saturday. “If anyone is interested in him, then they must pay the adequate sum.”

In fact, according to the BBC’s David Ornstein, Premier League side Arsenal has made an offer to secure Perisic during the January transfer window.

If Inter were to part ways with Perisic, it would likely need to be either an outright purchase of him or a loan deal with an obligation to purchase at the end of the season. Additionally, to be smart, Inter would unlikely waiver on the asking price for Perisic, which is around €35-40 million.

It is no question that Perisic has struggled to find form this year, finding the back of the net just three times in 25 matches across all competitions. He has managed just five assists in that span with three of those coming in the 6-2 win over Benevento in the Coppa Italia round of 16.

To me, this seems pretty obvious. If he wants to go and he is struggling under Spalletti, then sell him. But, be smart about it. I would agree with a strategy that does not allow him to leave for anything less than €35-40 million.

He was solid for the Nerazzurri last season, but his struggles to reach that same level this year makes selling him an obvious solution.

During last season, Perisic seemed distant after the World Cup and almost portrayed himself as not really wanting to be a part of the team. That’s fine. If that has carried over into this season, then selling him is obvious.

He wants to play in the Premier League and there is at least one team who is interested in him. So, if I were Inter management and the Arsenal approach is legitimate, then start the negotiations and move forward to find a potential replacement.


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