Tottenham confident of signing Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic on a free transfer after making contract offer | Soccer News
Tottenham are confident of signing Ivan Perisic on a free transfer from Inter Milan.
Spurs have made a contract offer for the 33-year-old as his contract with Inter comes to an end.
Further talks are expected on Monday, when Perisic is expected to make a decision on his future, also amid another offer from Inter.
The Croatia international, who has 113 caps for his country and scored in the 2018 World Cup final, has been with Inter since 2015. He won Serie A last season under coach -Tottenham chief Antonio Conte after spending the 2019-20 season on loan at Bayern. Munich where he lifted the Champions League.
The pair could be set to reunite with Conte preparing for next season at the club after talks with general director of football Fabio Paratici on Friday.
Conte has been told the club are aiming to sign at least six or seven players, as Spurs look to back the Italian in the transfer market.
Spurs are targeting several areas, with goalkeeper, centre-back, wing-back, central midfielder and striker among the positions they plan to strengthen. Conte deployed Perisic at left-back during his time at Inter after bringing him back into the fold.
‘Spurs are clearly supporting Conte this summer’
Sky Sports News reporter Paul Gilmour:
“Following the announcement that Tottenham have invested £150m of equity in the club, the club are clearly backing Antonio Conte in the transfer market this summer.
“They will be targeting several positions including goalkeeper, centre-back, wing-back, central midfielder and a striker. Up to six or seven players could arrive. They will have to find the right balance with local players. There currently has an imbalance in this area.
“Conte wants more depth in the squad, and he also wants to add experienced players, a change from recent times when Spurs have been targeting younger players.
“Some members of the club believe it is inaccurate not to have spent in the past, but it is recognized that they have not always been successful in signing.
“Fabio Paratici can’t hurt the club right now. The additions of Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski have given the belief that they are finally succeeding in this area.
“Extensive homework is ongoing on the ability and character of the players. Spurs recently rejected the possibility of signing a talented Premier League player because their research revealed concerns he could be a disruptive influence. “
Neville: Conte did a brilliant job
sky sports Pundit Gary Neville has praised head coach Conte for delivering Champions League football to Tottenham next season.
speaking on The Gary Neville Podcastthe former Manchester United defender said: “We were at the North London Derby 10 days ago and even if Arsenal had beaten Newcastle I still think Antonio Conte would have stayed because of what he went through that night Where are you going to get that competitive element, those atmospheres in Europe right now?
“He did a brilliant job at Tottenham, he was helped by Manchester United’s surrender and the fall of Arsenal but he did a good job and was still going for it. I’m very clear he’s not the good manager for Manchester United but you can say someone is not the right manager for your club but he is still a great manager.
“The others have Tuchel, Conte, Klopp and Guardiola – they’re animals, they win trophies all the time. They stand on the touchline and can almost eat you alive with their presence and aura. The others have a long way to go.”
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