BBC Sport journalist David Ornstein has revealed that Arsenal are looking into an initial loan agreement for Inter Milan’s experienced winger Ivan Perisic. The Croatia international has endured a rather mixed season with the Nerazzurri but he has still caught the attention of the Gunners, who are aiming to pursue an attack-minded player before the transfer deadline.
In a tweet via his official Twitter account, Ornstein, who has generally been accurate in terms of the Gunners speculation, highlighted that the north London side are looking into a temporary deal for the Croatian with the option to buy for £35m when the season comes to a close.
Perisic’s current deal with the Nerazurri only concludes at the end of the 2021/22 season but the Gunners nonetheless seem to have a chance of signing Perisic this month, with Ornstein confirming that the attacker is very much open to parting ways with the San Siro outfit.
Arsenal have made an approach to sign Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic. #AFC want loan with £35m option to buy. 29yo open to #Inter exit. Fits plan of versatile midfielder e.g. Suarez (still possible) / Nkunku + winger. Unclear if injuries mean defender wanted but Sokratis not bad
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) January 26, 2019
Perisic had a tremendous World Cup with Croatia during the summer and he had contributed three goals and an assist en route to the final of the competition. Thereafter, there has been an indication that the attacker could once more attract transfer interest but nothing of that sort happened with the Nerazzurri staying put with their not-for-stance.
However, things have somewhat changed with the progression of the ongoing campaign where the attacker has not been entirely impressive amid suggestions that he may want to pursue a fresh challenge elsewhere. Perisic has contributed just three goals and two assists from 18 league appearances and that remains an average tally for a player of his abilities.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have been widely dependent on Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi for the occasional wing duties with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Danny Welbeck on the sidelines, though the former is expected to return from a foot problem next month.
At the age of 29, Perisic does not offer a long-term option for the north London side but he can still make an impact with his excellent crossing attributes, which should put the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette more into the game with their aerial prowess.
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