Arsenal are in talks to sign Inter winger Ivan Perisic according to Sky Sports, with a possible loan deal mooted and an option to buy next summer. However, the same report claims that Inter would only consider a permanent deal. Nerazzurri boss Luciano Spalletti has also stated the Croatian will not leave on the cheap in January.
Perisic is a very good player
Ivan Perisic has proven his quality in recent years at club and international level with Croatia. The winger played a key part in his country getting to the World Cup last summer. He is the sort of player that makes things happen and a player that would definitely add something to the Gunners attack.
He is not quite in the top echelon of players, amongst the Lionel Messi’s and Cristiano Ronaldo’s of the world. However, not many are and with Arsenal’s current standing, sad but true, they would not be able to sign a top echelon player.
Perisic has previously stated his desire to move to the Premier League, so the move does not look like an unrealistic one for the Croatian. Manchester United have been repeatedly linked with a move for the winger, but seemingly never turned their interest into a bid.
The deal may not happen because of finances
Arsenal boss Unai Emery made it clear earlier in the transfer window that the Gunners will only make loan signings. The statement came much to the disappointment of the clubs fans, as the north London side had been linked with a number of big money players.
However, like many top clubs, Arsenal are constantly linked with making big money signings. It seems that finances or lack of finances in the Gunners case may mean that signing the winger may prove problematic.
The hierarchy decision to cut back on transfers is likely to prove difficult in potential transfers like Perisic’s. Inter gain nothing from loaning out a very good player at this stage of the season, with no guarantee that they will pick up a big fee for the 29-year-old next summer.
Where are the defensive signings?
I am going to bang on again about the Gunners improving their defensive options, as it seems to be the most glaringly obvious weak point of the team. It is not a new problem, but Arsene Wenger could not solve it and the early signs suggest that Emery cannot either.
While Perisic is a player I would really like to see in an Arsenal shirt, I would much prefer to see the Gunners sign a quality centre-back. However, as they will not spend money, signing Perisic on loan would be a real coup.
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