SKY SPORTS man Dharmesh Sheth has revealed the latest on Ivan Perisic’s potential move to Arsenal.
Inter coach Luciano Spalletti confirmed after the 1-0 loss to Torino that he had left winger Perisic out of the team after he requested a transfer.
Arsenal are keen to snap him up but Sheth says the club have ‘made it clear’ they can only deal in the loan market.
“He’s 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.”
The Croatia international, 29, has scored 34 goals in 143 appearances for Inter. He signed a new five-year contract in September 2017.
While Perisic has asked for a move away, Inter have insisted he can only go if it is a permanent switch and a club meets their price of £35million
Inter director Guiseppe Marotta said: “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.”
While Arsenal are desperate to bring in signings, boss Unai Emery has confirmed they can only do loan signings as they have no money for permanent deals.
They have tried a loan move for Barcelona’s Denis Suarez but run into similar problems as the Spanish club want to sell him now, with Real Betis and Sevilla interested.
Arsenal have also spoken to Paris Saint-Germain about Christopher Nkunku but it will be difficult to get a deal done with their limited finances.
They are ready to offload Mesut Ozil but his £350,000-a-week wages are a major stumbling block. Despite Inter having shown interest in the past, the contract would be a sticking point in any potential swap with Perisic.