Ivan Perisic would rather join Tottenham ahead of Gunners this summer


The Inter Milan winger was heavily linked with a loan move to the Emirates in January, but ended up staying put

Ivan Perisic has his heart set on a move to north London, but would prefer to join Tottenham over Arsenal, reports claim.

The Inter Milan winger, who handed in a January transfer request, was the subject of intense interest from the Gunners last month.

Ivan Perisic has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs

However, the Serie A club were reluctant to agree a loan deal – without a guaranteed fee stipulated in the agreement.

Inter boss Luciano Spalletti even suggested Arsenal ‘conned’ Perisic into thinking a genuine offer was on the table.

And, according to Italian media outlet Tuttosport, the Croatia star was also against a move to the Emirates, with Spurs his preferred destination.

It is claimed Mauricio Pochettino’s men failed to make any serious effort to sign him during the winter window.

However, a summer move looks increasingly likely, with the newspaper even describing it as a ‘summer wedding’.

Perisic starred at the World Cup last summer for the eventual finalists Croatia

Perisic starred at the World Cup last summer for the eventual finalists Croatia

Perisic, 30, has also been a long-standing target for Manchester United, so it comes as a somewhat of a surprise that Tottenham have now emerged as the front-runners for his signature.

The club became the first in Premier League history to go two consecutive transfer windows without signing anyone and with Perisic’s wage demands understood to be high that may prove to be a huge stumbling block in any potential move.

The highly-rated Croatian starred at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, scoring in both the semi-final and the final as his country finished runners-up to France.

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