Arsenal seek deal to land Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic on loan

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Arsenal want to sign Inter Milan’s want-away winger Ivan Perisic on loan until the end of the season. 

The Gunners only have enough budget to make loan signings, but Perisic is believed to be available.

Perisic, who was part of the Croatia side that finished runners-up at last summer’s World Cup, has handed in a transfer request at Inter.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is looking for attacking midfielders to boost competition for places and Perisic would fit the bill. The Gunners have also been linked with Barcelona squad players Denis Suarez and Malcom this month – although it has been reported that the Suarez deal is now off.

Manchester United have previously wanted to sign Perisic – in the past 2 transfer windows then-United boss Jose Mourinho tried to sign him but the club wouldn’t meet Inter’s valuation of the 29-year-old.

However, interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not indicated that United want to resurrect any deal.

This doesn’t leave the way entirely clear for Arsenal – other clubs around Europe are sure to want someone of Perisic’s quality if it is available.

Another potential pitfall is that Inter want to either sell Perisic or see him go out on a loan deal that will be made permanent in the summer – not just an option to buy, according to reports in Italy. Arsenal may well prefer the latter option.