Ivan Perisic is in London to undergo a medical at Tottenham.
The 33-year-old, who can play both full-back and forward, is set to sign a two-year deal and become one of Antonio Conte’s first signings in the summer window.
Inter Milan chief executive Giuseppe Marotta admits he was interested in staying with Perisic this summer but was unable to convince him to stay in Milan.
“There is regret,” Marotta said Monday. “But I wanted to try a new experience in the Premier League.
“We weren’t in a position to make better offers, it was just his choice based on a different future than today. Utmost respect for that and thank you very much too.”
Goalkeeper Fraser Forster has also agreed to join Spurs when his contract with Southampton expires and he has completed his medicals.
The Croatian international, who has made 113 appearances for his country and scored in the 2018 World Cup final, has been at Inter since 2015. He won Serie A last season under Tottenham manager Conte after spending the 2019-20 season on loan at Bayern Munich. where he raised the Champions League.
Despite speculation about his future at Spurs, Conte is preparing for next season at the club after talks with football managing director Fabio Paratici on Friday.
Conte has been told the club are aiming to sign at least six or seven players as Spurs look to back the Italian in the transfer market.
Spurs are targeting several areas, with goalkeeper, centre-back, full-back, central midfielder and forward among the positions they plan to strengthen. Conte deployed Perisic at left-back during his time at Inter after bringing him back into the fold.
Why did the Spurs sign Perisic?
Sky Sports News Deputy News Editor Lyall Thomas:
“It’s not often that Tottenham invest in players over 30, let alone 33, but on a free transfer this makes sense.
“First of all, he is someone that Antonio Conte wants, having worked with him before at Inter Milan, so it is a great way to show support for the manager early in the window.”
“But from a football perspective, it makes even more sense. Perisic is experienced, he is at the top of the game. He is a winner. He won the Champions League with Bayern Munich and the Serie A title with Conte in 2021.”
“He’s also still at the top of his game, despite his age, and can offer a threat from a variety of positions. Conte made him a left-back on his title-winning team, but he can also provide coverage and competition.” for Heung-Min Son and Dejan Kulusevski in the forward positions.
“Conte wants to add experienced heads to his squad for Tottenham to compete on all fronts next season and Perisic will bring that in abundance.”
“Spurs clearly support Conte this summer”
Sky Sports News reporter Paul Gilmour:
Following the news that Tottenham have invested £150m in equity funding in the club, the club are clearly backing Antonio Conte in this summer’s transfer market.
“They will target various positions, including goalkeeper, central defender, full-back, central midfielder and a striker. They could go up to six or seven players. They will have to find the right balance with the youth squads. There is currently an imbalance in this area.
“Conte wants more depth in the squad, and he also wants to add experienced players, a change from recent times when Spurs were targeting younger players.
“There are some in the club who feel it is inaccurate that they have not spent in the past, but it is recognized that they have not always been successful in recruiting.
“Fabio Paratici cannot do anything wrong at the club at the moment. The additions of Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski have made us believe that they are finally doing well in this area.
“Many studies are being carried out into the ability and character of players. Spurs recently turned down the opportunity to sign a talented Premier League player because their research highlighted concerns that he could be a disruptive influence.
Neville: Conte has done a brilliant job
sky sports Pundits Gary Neville has praised head coach Conte for delivering Champions League football for Tottenham next season.
Speaking in The Gary Neville Podcastthe former Manchester United defender said: “We were at the North London Derby 10 days ago and even if Arsenal had beaten Newcastle, I still think Antonio Conte would have stayed because of what he experienced that night. Where are you going to get this from?” competitive element, these atmospheres in Europe at the moment?
“He has done a brilliant job at Tottenham, the capitulation of Manchester United and the fall of Arsenal have helped him, but he has done a good job and he was always going to do it. I am very clear that he is not the right manager for Manchester” . United, but you can say someone is not the right manager for your club, but he is still a great manager.
“The others have Tuchel, Conte, Klopp and Guardiola, they are animals, they win trophies all the time. They are on the touchline and can almost eat you alive with their presence and their aura. The rest have a long way to go. “
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