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An interesting proposition: Inter Milan could swap Ivan Perisic

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Wait, wait, wait … just hear me out on this one.

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Mesut Ozil of Arsenal is blocked by Eric Bailly of Manchester United during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on January 25, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.
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Over the weekend, Inter Milan made it public that winger Ivan Perisic filed an official request to be transferred as soon as possible.

The news came on the heels of Inter rejecting a potential loan deal that would send him to Premier League side Arsenal for around €4 million with an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season.

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Ivan Perisic of FC Internazionale in action during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and US Sassuolo at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 19, 2019 in Milan, Italy.
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That deal was rejected as the Nerazzurri are only interested in making the deal permanent in some form or fashion. This could mean changing the option to buy an obligation or Arsenal would have to purchase Perisic outright in January.

The problem with that is Arsenal’s finances. Presently, the Gunners are only in a financial position to make loan deals, not permanent signings.

Now that is not the only deal Inter could have with Arsenal. It has been reported that Arsenal is interested in unloading German international midfielder Mesut Ozil and that Inter could be a likely target for him.

Ozil was signed to the highest wage contract (€375,000 per week) in Arsenal’s history, but he has been limited in his playing time with the Gunners.

So, hear me out on this … The teams could have some kind of a swap deal where they both get what they want.

I know, I know, Gazzetta dello Sport has already dismissed the idea of Inter swapping players during the January transfer window as they only want a straight-up deal for Perisic. But, other reports out of England suggest the Nerazzurri could take on Ozil, but only if Arsenal continue to pay half his wages over the course of the loan.

But, unloading Ozil would make picking up Perisic much easier for the Gunners. Their willingness to still pay half of Ozil’s wages could be the biggest sticking point, however.

A swap deal would solve a lot of problems for both teams. Arsenal are in need of attacking options and Perisic could fit that bill. Inter Milan, on the other hand, need strong midfield options to help bolster their attack.

According to Transfermarkt, both Ozil and Perisic are close in terms of market value, so that isn’t a huge disparity.

Perhaps Inter would be willing to ease its “permanent only” stance if Ozil was part of the deal and if Arsenal agree to pay half his wages over the course of the deal. His wages would be the biggest stumbling block, especially as Inter enter into contract extension negotiations with striker Mauro Icardi.

Inter would have to come close to matching whatever they would pay Ozil and, financially, for the Nerazzurri, that is a difficult ask.

Now, the other tricky part comes in the summer. If neither deal is permanent, the teams could insert clauses to trigger a purchase under certain conditions. One of those conditions would be if both teams reach Champions League qualification. Inter are currently third in Serie A, but by no means have security in that. Arsenal, on the other hand, are fifth in the Premier League. They are three points behind Chelsea who are in fourth.

Both teams could also insert appearances as a way to trigger a purchase. Both players would have to make so many appearances over the course of the loan deal in order for it to become permanent.

I’m not married to the idea that Perisic leaves only if we get Ozil, I am just suggesting that is a possible way to make the deal work. Inter could certainly use Ozil, but his wages are a big concern.


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