Monday January 28 2019
Ivan the Sellable

Ivan Perisic looks to be leaving Inter for Arsenal and Football Italia Chief Correspondent Richard Hall sees the inevitable as mutually beneficial.

Ivan Perisic has been a loyal servant to Inter since he arrived from Wolfsburg in 2015 and even though he has now asked to leave the club, it has at least forced the Nerazzurri’s hand. If negotiations move swiftly with Arsenal, then this transfer will not be elongated and potentially could be beneficial for both clubs.

Ultimately, though, San Siro never really saw the same player who shone for Croatia at the World Cup. It was joked he went from Ivan the Terrible in Croatia to Ivan the Slightly Grumpy at Inter. La Gazzetta dello Sport updated it this week to Ivan the Sellable.

Perhaps when the dust settles, Inter fans can look back with pride and remember how their Croatian wide man performed well in some tough times, as well as comforting themselves with the fact his current form hasn’t been exemplary. It is a bittersweet scenario, that may throw up as many questions as it gives answers.

When Manchester United were vocal about their interest in Perisic over the summer, the Croat did say that he had been close to joining them and would always listen to offers about playing in Spain or England. This caused debate at the time on whether the Nerazzurri should sell one of their prize assets, especially as the winger had just come off the back of an excellent World Cup campaign and insisted he was still happy at Inter.

The sudden transfer request confirmed before Inter’s defeat to Torino was a surprise, but perhaps makes the debate easier. Should Inter sell him on the eve of his 30th birthday? The answer seems to be yes, as he now actively wants to leave. Had he stayed quiet, then the decision may have been difficult, as whilst he has not been in top form, he is still a tremendous player.

“Marotta said, he doesn’t want to play, then clearly he’ll be left out. That’s not a problem for me. Someone who cannot contribute to the team has to stay out.” These were the words of Luciano Spalletti yesterday before the Granata fixture and the frustration was obvious. He went on to tell Sky Sport Italia that they have to listen to the player and it must be said that Perisic has earned that right for his professionalism over the years, a sentiment echoed by Beppe Marotta. “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.”

Now if Inter can reach an agreement, then this situation may be mutually be beneficial, as the Milanese will make room for another body and Arsenal will get a player who suits the English game, is still in good physical shape and will have a new motivation.

The clubs are now discussing the details, as Arsenal are reported to want Perisic until the end of the season with an option to purchase him outright in the summer. The Nerazzurri rejected this initial offer and would prefer €35-40m upfront. It is still a significant drop off from the €50m they wanted from Manchester United only six months ago.

He may not be firing on all cylinders recently, but there is no doubt that had he been in the right mind set, then he is certainly capable of contributing to this Inter squad. Wanda Icardi, perhaps added some insight into his reasonings for leaving, suggesting on the show Tiki-Taka that Perisic may want to leave for personal reasons. The fact that Inter are complying with his transfer request so quickly may show that this is simply a situation that now only has one outcome.

Perisic has been a fantastic servant for the club in his time in Milan. Often it has been he and Mauro Icardi who dragged Inter over the line and he is the only one who has chipped in with the goals to help take some of the burden off the Argentine, contributing 11 goals and 11 assists in each of the last two Serie A seasons. So far this term, he scored only three.

Should he leave, then Inter fans should remember him as a man who gave his all, offensively and defensively, both on and off the pitch, and his professionalism was second to none.

His reasoning for leaving should potentially be irrelevant, for if Marotta can negotiate a suitable deal with Arsenal, then it will allow someone with a new desire to wear the shirt to take his place. For Inter and Perisic its time say goodbye, but it should come with a mutual thank you and good luck.

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Have your say...
Seems he will be staying as Arsenal can`t spend, way to go tapping up Ivan... He needs to put in some great performances to compensate for the 1st shitty half of the season if he dreams of moving to EPL!
on the 31st January, 2019 at 11:19am
The more important question is who are they gonna replace him with?
Lots of turmoil at Inter now.
1)Issue with Candreva
2)Spaletti has 1 foot out the what looked like a dream pairing for the team and coach.and Fans.
3)Icardi resigning deal.
4)Now Ivan
They need a serious rebound,and straighten things out or all that new money is gonna be wasted.
on the 31st January, 2019 at 6:51am
The trouble is, left-sided players are not exactly in abundance. Who are we going to play there instead? Dalbert??

He is underrated because for me his defensive work is so valuable. But as much as I consider him one of the best in the team, it's pointless keeping an unhappy player whose value will just plummet if not played regularly.
on the 30th January, 2019 at 1:39am
I’m a Juve fan & am sorry to see Perisic go, just because inter lose some continuity & character. (Things that must be developed not bought.)
the one thing everyone is forgetting is all of the Croatian WC players are having a down year (due to the amount of gms they played.)
Even our Manduzick has struggled. he has linked up well with CR7 & scored important goals, but he his currently hurt & his stamina has not been what it normally is. Allegri has had to rest him more, has Inter done the same?
on the 29th January, 2019 at 1:34pm
I suppose Inter were starting to put together a decent side so probably best to undo everything and sell their best player. That'll ensure Juve's dominance for the rest of this decade. I can't wait for Napoli to sell Koulibaly (probably to Juve) and Roma to sell Zaniolo (to whoever might be the 2018/2019 Serie A champions) and then that'll ensure all of the competition thread water for a few more years. Does anyone even doubt that Juve won't make it 10 titles in a row?
on the 28th January, 2019 at 11:34pm
Perisic wants to leave because he is eventually tired of Inter. He realizes Inter is a mediocre team and if he wants to get a trophy and playing football with joy, he must go somewhere else.
on the 28th January, 2019 at 11:15pm
Rafinha over Nainggolan. Spalletti out!!
on the 28th January, 2019 at 10:04pm
He was a great player last season, but stopped contributing any more. Nobody will cry after him given his miserable recent performances, kinda unprofessional to not perform, but we still remember how he forced his way out of Germany... Just another mercenary, as he is leaving for money. Arsenal have to comply FFP so Inter will sell with the Inter formula: obligation to buy disguised as loan+option (very easily achievable parameters to be met).
on the 28th January, 2019 at 4:45pm
i want rafael back; we lack fluency. he is that guy who will score that extra goal we sorely lacked.
on the 28th January, 2019 at 3:23pm
He's been a good player overall for Inter and was one of the stand-out performers at the WC, but he's been poor this season and if Inter can get 40m from a desperate epl club, then take it.

As for Spaletti, his time might be coming to an end too as he probably isn't the coach to take them up another level.
on the 28th January, 2019 at 1:55pm
thanks to ivan. great professional and a stamina beast on the field. should have been sold this summer i think. he will dominate in epl easily. grazie
on the 28th January, 2019 at 1:53pm
I bear no ill will towards Perisic. He was a very good player for us, and his defensive work would make up for some of his ineffective attacking patches. The time feels right for him to move on though, as he seems unmotivated with us and wanted a transfer in the summer. I will however, not miss his infuriating inconsistency. He'd play great for 10 games, and then go missing for 12. If we can get 35-40 m for him, then it's a great deal for both parties.
on the 28th January, 2019 at 1:12pm
hes sellable if only coutinho do come in his place. icardi handanovic perisic and newly de vriez are soul of this inter side. i tell you money cant buy this. thats why mancity psg cant make it because they are hybrid. they have no history remain. they tore it. but inter is a dark-blue BEAST and will ever be.....
on the 28th January, 2019 at 12:24pm
hes sellable if only coutinho do come in his place. icardi handanovic perisic and newly de vriez are soul of this inter side. i tell you money cant buy this. thats why mancity psg cant make it because they are hybrid. they have no history remain. they tore it. but inter is a dark-blue BEAST and will ever be.....
on the 28th January, 2019 at 12:22pm

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