Inter winger Ivan Perisic has been linked with a move to Arsenal, and it’s fair to say his current boss Luciano Spalletti isn’t impressed with the situation.
As noted by Sky Sports, the Croatian international is said to have put in a transfer request amid speculation suggesting that a move to Arsenal this month could be in the works.
However, there is no agreement between the two clubs as of yet to allow the deal to go through, with the report claiming that while Arsenal prefer a loan with an option to buy, the Nerazzurri want a permanent exit.
Time will tell if the two clubs can reach a compromise and get an agreement in place before the January transfer window deadline, as it would seem to suit all parties concerned if Perisic moves on rather than stays at the San Siro having now reportedly made it very clear that he wishes to move on.
Spalletti was in no mood to beat around the bush in his post-match interview after Inter’s defeat to Torino on Sunday evening, as seen in his comments below.
“It’s quite simple. Players can say what they want, but they are employees, they have signed contracts and in order to leave, they need someone willing to pay for them,” he told Sky Sport Italia, as quoted by Football Italia.
“You can’t leave for free and with your salary paid by someone else. If, as Marotta said, he doesn’t want to play, then clearly he’ll be left out. That’s not a problem for me. Someone who cannot contribute to the team has to stay out.”
That would suggest that Inter’s stance remains that they will rebuff any loan bids with an option to buy, and will only allow Perisic to move on a permanent basis.
However, those comments arguably reiterate that the best solution is for Perisic to move on as if he doesn’t want to play and could be a risk of causing disruption within the group, Spalletti would surely rather offload him as soon as possible.
The 29-year-old stalwart has also been disappointing on the pitch so far this season, contributing just three goals and five assists in 25 appearances.