Arsenal Facing Competition For Croatian Midfielder
Arsenal have joined the race for Inter Milan midfielder Ivan Perisic according to reports from Italy.
The Croatia international has been linked with interest from Manchester United with reports last month suggesting that Jose Mourinho had travelled to the Croatian capital Zagreb last month to wrap up a deal for the 28-year-old.
Inter are looking to raise funds to finance a spending spree with this summer with some outlets suggesting a transfer kitty of around €150million. But they need to sell before they can spend that kind of money and those sales need to be in the figures for the current financial year which ends on 30 June.
Perisic joined Inter from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg for a fee of €16million in 2015. Inter are said to be looking for as much as €60million (currently worth just over £50million) although €40million (£32million) looks a more realistic prospect.
Italian website Fantagazzetta claims that Arsenal and Chelsea have joined Manchester United in the pursuit of the Croatian who has scored 18 goals in 68 games in almost two seasons at Inter. The Gunners were linked last summer but were put off by a price tag of €45-50million.
Goal.com adds that Perisic fancies a move to the Premier League after a disappointing season for Inter which has seen them miss out on the Champions League.
Wenger Denies Kolasinac Deal
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal have yet to sign a deal with Bosnia-Herzegovina international full-back Sead Kolasinac.
Reports last weekend claimed that the Gunners have come to an agreement over a five-year deal for the 23-year-old whose deal with Bundesliga side Schalke 04 expires this summer. Kolasinac’s father has also denied reports of any contract with the Gunners.
“We can deny that story at the moment,” Wenger said at a press conference before Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final clash with Manchester City at Wembley. “Nothing’s been concluded with anybody. I think it’s important we don’t talk about transfers but about the semi-final of the FA Cup.”