According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal are still hopeful of getting a deal for Ivan Perisic over the line by Thursday even though an initial offer to loan the winger for £3.5 million with an option to buy was rejected by the Italians.
Inter’s CEO, Beppe Marotta confirmed yesterday that the 29-year-old Croatia international has handed in a transfer request and that the club is open to letting him go so long as his market value is respected by interested parties.
Reports in Italy claim the Gunners have offered the player €3 million after tax until the end of the current season with €6.5 million a year (after tax) on offer should he join permanently.
As thing stand, the sticking point seems to be around Arsenal’s obligation to buy Perisic and the terms of such an agreement. Inter think that one way of making a formal deal more palatable would be for it to be linked to appearances or Arsenal’s quest to qualify for the Champions League.