According to the BBC’s David Ornstein, Arsenal want to sign Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic on loan for the rest of the season and would be willing to part with £35 million to make the deal permanent in the summer.
The San Siro giants are apparently open to selling the 29-year-old Croatian this month to fund a deal for Belgian Yannick Carrasco, who was also linked with the Gunners earlier this month.
Arsenal have made an approach to sign Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic. #AFC want loan with £35m option to buy. 29yo open to #Inter exit. Fits plan of versatile midfielder e.g. Suarez (still possible) / Nkunku + winger. Unclear if injuries mean defender wanted but Sokratis not bad
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) January 26, 2019
The World Cup finalist has long been tipped to move to the Premier League with Jose Mourinho coming closest to signing him for Manchester United in 2017.
Does it make sense for Arsenal to splash cash on big wages (and potentially a big transfer fee) for another player heading towards the twilight of his career just 12 months after recruiting similarly aged Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang? Probably not.
That said, it’s possible the club’s hierarchy is increasingly worried about the long-term damage of missing out on the Champions League places again.
On the plus side, he is a winger of considerable experience.
Earlier this week we were also linked with a loan deal for PSG youngster Christopher Nkunku, while Denis Suarez also remains on the radar.