Tottenham Hotspur insider John Wenham has approved of Spurs’ interest in Inter Milan and Croatia winger Ivan Perišić.
The Lowdown: Spurs interested in Perišić
It had been reported on 20th May by ESPN that Spurs were looking to bring in the Croatia international on a free transfer this summer, when his contract expires with Inter in June.
Though Inter are still in contract talks with the 33-year-old, it seems more likely that he will leave the club in the transfer window, with Juventus currently the favourites to secure his signature, with Spurs also in the race.
The Latest: Wenham reacts
“I saw some reports this week about Ivan Perišić,” said Wenham.
“All day, yes please.”
“I have heard a lot of ‘he’s too old.’”
“That’s from the same idiots who told me Thiago Silva was too old before he joined Chelsea.”
“If Conte has said he wants Perisic, then get Perisic, it’s that simple.”
The Verdict: A solid back-up
Despite probably standing behind Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski in the pecking order, as a free agent Perišić would be a sensible addition.
He has provided eight goals and six assists in 35 games this season for Inter Milan, which actually ranks better in the goal-scoring department than Kulusevski, who only has six, though he has started 16 fewer games this campaign, according to FBref.
According to the same website the Croatian has a shots to goal ratio of 0.16, which is 0.11 behind Son and 0.02 better off the Kulusevski, suggesting that he may be more of a like-for-like with the Sweden international, rather than Son, who picked up the Premier League’s golden boot this season.
Though he may not be a summer signing to blow Spurs fans away, he would be an experienced and sensible addition at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, especially as a free agent.
Whilst, as per former manager Luciano Spalletti, Perisic is an “incredible professional both physically and mentally,” so it’s no wonder Conte is a big fan.
Just as Wenham suggests, the £9m-rated workhorse be a fine arrival indeed.