Ivan Perisic is in London to undergo a medical at Tottenham.
The 33-year-old, who can play as a winger and striker, is set to sign a two-year contract to become one of Antonio Conte’s first signings in the summer window.
Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta admits he was keen to keep Perisic this summer, but has not been able to persuade him to stay in Milan.
“There are regrets,” Marotta said on Monday. “But he wanted to try a new experience in the Premier League.
“We were not in a position to do better, his choice was simply based on a different future than the current one. The utmost respect for that and a big thank you to him as well.”
Goalkeeper Fraser Forster has also agreed to sign for Tottenham when his deal at Southampton expires and he has already completed his medical tests.
The Croatia international, who has 113 caps for his country and scored in the 2018 World Cup final, has been playing at Inter since 2015. He won the Italian league last season under Tottenham coach Conte after spending the 2019-20 season on loan at Bayern Munich. Where the Champions League lifted.
Despite speculation about Tottenham’s future, Conte is preparing for next season at the club After talks with Managing Director of Football Fabio Barracci on Friday.
Conte has been told the club are looking to sign at least six or seven players, with Tottenham looking to support the Italian in the transfer market.
Tottenham target several areas, with goalkeeper, central defender, winger, midfielder and striker among the positions they plan to strengthen. Conte Perisic posted at left-back during his time at Inter after being brought back into the fold.
Why Tottenham sign Perisic?
Lial Thomas, Assistant News Editor at Sky Sports News:
“Tottenham doesn’t often invest in players over the age of 30, let alone 33 – but on a free transfer it makes sense.
“First of all he is someone Antonio Conte wants, having worked with him before at Inter, so it’s a great way to show support for the manager early in the window.
“But from a football perspective, it makes more sense. Perisic has experience, right at the top of the game. He is a winner. He won the Champions League with Bayern Munich and the Serie A title under Conte in 2021.
“He also remains at the top of his game, despite his age, and can present a threat from a variety of positions. Conte has turned him into a left-back in their title-winning side, but he can also provide cover and competition for Hong Min Son and Dejan Kulusevsky in the front positions.
“Conte wants to add experienced heads to his squad to make Spurs compete on all fronts next season and Perisic will do that abundantly.”
It is clear that Tottenham will support Conte this summer
Sky Sports News correspondent Paul Gilmore said:
“Following the news that Tottenham have invested £150m of equity money in the club, it is clear that the club are supporting Antonio Conte in the transfer market this summer.
“They will target many positions including the goalkeeper, central defender, winger, midfielder and striker. It can be up to six or seven players. They will need to find the right balance with the local players. Currently there is a malfunction in this area.
“Conte wants more depth in the squad, and he also wants to add experienced players, a shift from recent times when Spurs targeted younger players.
“There are some at the club who feel it is inaccurate that they have not spent in the past but there is an admission that they have not always got the right results.
“Fabio Paratici cannot do anything wrong at the club at the moment. Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevsky added, believing they are doing it right in this field.
“Extensive homework is done on a player’s ability and character. Tottenham recently turned down the opportunity to sign a talented Premier League player because their research has highlighted concerns that he could have a devastating effect.”
Neville: Conte did a great job
Sky Sports Expert Gary Neville has been praised by head coach Conte for delivering Champions League football to Tottenham Hotspur next season.
talking on Gary Neville podcastthe former Manchester United defender said: “We were in the north London derby 10 days ago and even if Arsenal beat Newcastle, I still think Antonio Conte would have stayed because of what he went through that night. Where are you going to get that? Competitive element, this atmosphere in Europe at this moment in time?
“He did a great job at Spurs, helped by the surrender of Manchester United and the fall of Arsenal, but he did a good job and was always on the verge of doing it. I am very clear that he is not the right manager for Manchester United but you could say that someone is not the right manager for your club but he does. Still a great manager.
“The others got Tuchel, Conte, Klopp, Guardiola – they’re animals, they’ve been winning titles all the time. They stand on the touchline and can almost eat you alive with their presence and aura. The rest have a long way to go.”
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