Arsenal make Ivan Perisic approach

Arsenal have reportedly made an approach to sign Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic.

The Gunners want to seal a loan move for the 29-year-old for the rest of the campaign, with an option to buy him in the summer window for £35m.

The Croatia international signed a new five-year deal in September 2017 to extend his stay with the Italian club until 2022.

However, it is understood he is open to leaving the Inter Milan after joining from Wolfsburg in 2015.

Perisic has scored 34 goals in 142 games for Inter, finding the net three times in 25 games this season. He previously played for Borussia Dortmund and Club Brugge.

Arsenal’s original plan for the January transfer window was to secure loan deals for a midfielder and a winger.

For the midfield role, they remain interested in Barcelona’s Denis Suarez and Christopher Nkunku of Paris St-German.

They see Perisic as a suitable option to add width to Unai Emery’s team.

It is unclear whether injuries to Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin, Laurent Koscielny and Sokratis Papadopoulos will see them bring in defensive reinforcements.

However, the problem that forced Sokratis off the field in Friday’s FA Cup loss to Manchester United in not thought to be serious.


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