Sunday January 27 2019
Marotta: 'Perisic requested transfer'

Inter director Beppe Marotta confirmed Ivan Perisic has “expressed the desire for a transfer, but so far there have been no suitable offers.”

The speculation had been spreading fast that Arsenal were back in front of Manchester United in the race for the Croatian winger.

As Perisic is not in the starting XI for today’s Serie A match against Torino, director Marotta was asked about the situation by Sky Sport Italia.

“We have to live with a situation that many clubs have in this period, which is players who express their desire for a transfer.

“We listened to the player, he has this desire. We want to make him happy, but also have to consider what is best for us. So far, no suitable offers have arrived, so we will wait.”

It’s reported Arsenal want to take Perisic on loan with option to buy, or propose Mesut Ozil in part-exchange, but Inter are demanding €40m upfront.

Marotta was asked why Perisic was so eager to leave Inter.

“When a player is fair and tells us his mental state and what he wants, we will always listen. After that, it’s an issue of looking after the club’s financial interests.”

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