Inter coach Luciano Spalletti says Ivan Perisic was conned by Arsenal after a deal to bring the Croatian winger failed to materialise.
The Gunners wanted to take the 29-year-old on loan for the rest of the campaign but refused to accept a clause that would have seen us commit to signing the winger for €35 million in the summer.
Having agreed personal terms with the Gunners, Perisic tried to force the issue by handing in a transfer request. Spalletti subsequently dropped the player from Inter’s clash with Torino on Sunday but he was brought back into the fold last night when it became obvious that a move was off the cards.
Forgiving of Perisic, Spalletti instead took aim at Arsenal.
Asked about his squad after last night’s Copa Italia quarter-final defeat to Lazio, Spalletti said: “We’ve got to get Perisic back on track, but also Nainggolan, as he had injuries, setbacks and various issues. He needs time on the field and patience.
“As for Perisic, there was this story on the market, but he is a professional, understands his role and yesterday it was already a very different mood.
“These things happen in the transfer window, the player received an impressive proposal and was tempted. However, he then realised it was not a true offer, that he’d been conned, and took a step back.
“Now he’ll resume training and as soon as his mind is back fully on Inter, we’ll let him play.”
It’s hard to tell whether we’ve behaved badly or not. To be honest, these things happen in football. Deals fall through all the time.