Inter Milan director Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed that Ivan Perisic has requested a transfer, but the club still need to reach an agreement with Arsenal.
Speaking in quotes reported by the BBC, Marotta admitted: “Perisic has asked to leave but there is no offer for him. We will see in the coming days. Many players ask for a transfer. Perisic has expressed this desire, we must try to satisfy him, respecting the asset value that the player has for the club.”
The BBC article added that they understand Inter would be willing to do business for £35m-£40m, but that Arsenal want to sign the player on loan.
Meanwhile, FCInterNews.it report that Perisic has already agreed terms with Arsenal for a contract worth €3m from now until June. Then he’d get a deal worth €6.5m from then on if The Gunners activated an option-to-buy in his contract.
The problem is finding an agreement between the two clubs. La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness) report that Arsenal have been in talks through Perisic’s agent, and they’ve been told the terms of a deal by Inter. The Italian club either want €35m or a loan agreement which would make a summer transfer pretty much certain anyway.
However, Arsenal want the ability to pull out of the deal. They’d clearly prefer to be able to see how Perisic adapts over the rest of the season before bringing him in permanently. In the next few days, we’ll see which of the two clubs comes out on top.