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Sky Sports issue update on Arsenal’s bid to sign £35m star, terms reportedly agreed

By on January 28, 2019

Sky Sports [via the Express] have issued an update on Arsenal’s pursuit of Ivan Perisic amid reports from Italy that we’ve agreed personal terms with the £35m-rated winger.

Perisic has emerged as a key transfer target in recent days with the BBC reporting over the weekend that we’re in talks with Inter Milan over an initial loan deal ahead of a potential £35m permanent switch in the summer.

The 29-year-old was then left on the bench for Inter’s 1-0 defeat to Torino on Sunday with boss Luciano Spalletti confirming the attacker was axed after handing in a transfer request.

Inter director Guiseppe Marotta also confirmed Perisic has asked to leave the San Siro giants but he insists he can only quit if a suitable deal is put on the table.

Marotta is quoted as saying by the Express:

“Perisic has asked to leave but there is no suitable offer for him. We will see in the coming days. We must try to satisfy him but also respect the value of him.”

The Express have now quoted reporter Dharmesh Sheth as offering an update on Sky Sports today where he claims that Inter have now rejected Arsenal’s loan offer as they want to do a permanent deal this month.

Obviously Arsenal have made it clear we can only loan players until the summer so it looks like Perisic has handed in his transfer request to try and push through a move.

Sheth is quoted as saying by the Express on Sky Sports:

“He’s [Perisic] asked to leave the club and was an unused substitute for yesterday’s defeat at Torino,” Sheth said on Sky Sports News.

“Inter boss Luciano Spaletti said if he wants to go he has to find a club who can pay his wages before going on to say you can’t just leave for free that’s not how it works.

“Sky in Italy are reporting Arsenal have had a loan with an option to buy offer rejected because inter want to do a permanent deal.

“Arsenal have made it clear they can only deal in loans this transfer window.”

There has been talk of a possible swap deal involving Mesut Ozil but that’s highly unlikely to happen given his huge wages but Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira claims Arsenal have agreed personal terms with Perisic.

This claim is supported by Italian outlet Libero, via Football Italia, as they also say Arsenal have agreed terms with Perisic over a six-month loan worth £2.6m while the winger will sign a three-year contract worth £5.6m if the move is made permanent in the summer.

So it seems it’s all down to us agreeing a deal with Inter. We can’t buy players now and we’d be mad to sign-off any deal that includes an obligation to buy a soon-to-be 30-year-old who’s never played in the Premier League.

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Understandably, Inter are reluctant to do a simple six-month loan so if this transfer is to happen we’ll have to meet in the middle. I think a loan deal with a structured obligation to buy is most likely, whereby Arsenal will have to make the deal permanent if Perisic makes ‘X’ amount of appearances, scores ‘X’ amount of games and/or we qualify for the Champions League.

That would be fair to all parties as if Perisic is a success, then we buy him for an agreed fee at the end of the season. If he bombs and the loan is a disaster, then he goes back to Inter Milan in the summer.

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