Tottenham Hotspur are investigating the possibility of signing Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic on a free transfer, sources told ESPN.
Although Inter are continuing talks with the 33-year-old in an attempt to reach an agreement before his contract expires this summer, Perisic is increasingly likely to leave the club with Juventus leading the race for his signature.
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However, sources have told ESPN that Spurs have emerged as a possible alternative destination, with the player open for a possible reunion with Antonio Conte in North London.
The pair won last season’s Serie A title together – Inter’s first since 2010 – with Perisic adapting for a wing-back role in a way Conte thinks he could replicate in the Premier League.
Sources in Italy have told ESPN that they believe Juventus are Perisic’s favorite option, but a London-based source said nothing has yet been finalized with any club and that Spurs are encouraged to believe a deal can be reached.
Reports in Italy have said Perisic demanded a three-year deal of £ 100,000 a week to stay at Inter.
Spurs are unlikely to offer such a long-term contract, but his salaries are not seen as prohibited and, in any case, Conte has made it clear that Spurs will need around six new signatures if they are to challenge for the Premier League title.
Conte has also previously cited the need to add more experience to his team, and Perisic has enjoyed an impressive career, including spells at Borussia Dortmund, Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich, in addition to earning 113 caps with Croatia, and scored in ‘ the 2018 World Cup final defeat for France.
The Spurs boss wants to improve his wing-back options and sees Perisic’s versatility as a major asset. In turn, victory at Norwich City on the final day of the Premier League season will enable Spurs to offer Champions League football to potential new signings.
However, Perisic has also been linked with a number of other clubs, including Newcastle United and Chelsea, although the latter could not negotiate with potential new signings until the takeover of the club under Todd-Boehly has been completed.