Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic is rumoured to be interested in a move away from the Serie A and Arsenal have, of course, been linked again.
- Arsenal one of 5 clubs linked with Perisic who is now open to a Premier League move
- Perisic under contract until 2020 and valued at around £35m
- He earns around £48k-per-week
- Reports claim Arsenal want him to replace Alexis Sanchez
The 28-year-old, who joined the Nerazzurri in August 2015, has seen his stock rise as a result of impressive performances over the past twelve months.
In comparison to last season, he has already created 16 more chances and his involvement in goal contributions has also seen an increase. Nine goals and eight further assists (all competitions) is already a slight improvement on nine goals and six assists last term.
Shot accuracy, successful take-on percentage and overall defensive contribution has also progressed from the 2015/16 campaign.
Inter have struggled for consistency domestically, and find themselves in seventh place with six matches remaining – below local rivals Milan, as well as a few points behind both Atalanta and Lazio who are in the European qualification places.
Arsenal were reportedly interested in Perisic’s services after his eyecatching displays at the European Championships last summer with Croatia.
Contracted until the summer of 2020, it’s unlikely that any interested suitor would manage to sign him for less than £30m and this is where rumoured interest from elsewhere comes into play.
Chelsea are always looking to upgrade their attacking options and it’s likely that Antonio Conte will spend big this summer to deal with added fixtures once next season begins, as they’ve qualified for the Champions League again.
José Mourinho is in a similar position at United. Having underperformed this term given their high expectations, they’ve scored the least number of league goals (48) in comparison to teams across the top seven. Mourinho was recently linked with a £51m bid for the player and we know they like to spend stupid money.
Tottenham and West Ham have also been linked this week.
If there was ever an opportunity for Perisic to join a top Premier League club, now looks the best time for him.
His progression has been gradual but he has developed consistency with maturity and is becoming a better player for it.
The only question that remains now is, who would be prepared to spend the money to sign him?
Stats’ source: Squawka