Arsenal Criticised By Inter Over Perisic Bid

Spalletti Hits Out At Gunners

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Arsenal have been accused of trying to con Ivan Perisic into a move to the Emirates.

The Inter Milan midfielder was linked last weekend with interest from the Gunners and he handed in a written transfer request earlier this week. But a move to Arsenal didn’t materialise and Perisic will stay with the Serie A side for the rest of the campaign. He was dropped for last Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Torino.

But speaking to Italian broadcaster Rai Sport on Friday, Inter coach Luciano Spalletti accused Arsenal of making an offer that wasn’t genuine.

“We’ve got to get Perisic back on track, but also Nainggolan, as he had injuries, setbacks and various issues. He needs time on the field and patience,” Spalletti said.

“As for Perisic, there was this story on the market, but he is a professional, understands his role and yesterday it was already a very different mood.

“These things happen in the transfer window, the player received an impressive proposal and was tempted. However, he then realised it was not a true offer, that he’d been conned, and took a step back.

“Now he’ll resume training and as soon as his mind is back fully on Inter, we’ll let him play.” 

Arsenal were only ever in a position to offer Perisic a loan move in the transfer window. Inter, on the other hand, only wanted a permanent deal with a transfer fee of €35-40million (£32-36million).