Ivan Perisic is wanted by Tottenham for a variety of reasons

Ivan Perisic is wanted by Tottenham for a variety of reasons

Ivan Perisic is wanted by Tottenham for a variety of reasons
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Ivan Perisic of Inter Milan has arrived in London and will have a physical before becoming Tottenham’s first signing once the 2021-22 Premier League season ends.

Spurs have made significant additions to manager Antonio Conte’s team ahead of the 2022-23 season, when they will compete in the Champions League for the first time in three seasons.

Inter finished second behind arch-rivals AC Milan in the final Serie A table, just missing out on Perisic’s second consecutive Scudetto.

What kind of impact will Perisic have at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium? What will his role in the team be, and what will Spurs’ next move be in the transfer market? The Sporting News investigates.

Conte’s admiration for Perisic has grown as a result of his familiarity. Conte permitted Perisic to join Bayern Munich on loan when he originally came at Inter in 2019, following his Chelsea departure, since the 2018 World Cup finalist with Croatia was unwilling to execute the defensive duties he wanted him to.

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When Perisic returned from Bayern Munich, where he had won the triple of the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, and Champions League as part of an all-conquering season alongside the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Conte found him to have a different perspective.

Bayern had a purchase option on Perisic but were unable to reach an agreement with him, and he became an important member of Conte’s team as Inter cruised to the title, finishing 12 points ahead of Milan the next season.

Inter’s title was only costed by a 2-1 setback at Bologna at the end of April – Perisic had scored the opener – while Milan won 3-0 to finish two points ahead of the team with whom they share the San Siro.

Spurs were able to sign Perisic because he was out of contract, and he is expected to earn roughly £98,000 ($124,000) per week on a three-year contract.

One of Conte’s pet peeves when he first took over at Tottenham in the middle of the 2021-22 season appeared to be his players’ mentality; he was so annoyed by their inconsistency that he threatened to leave in an infamous interview after a loss to Burnley, who were eventually relegated.

Perisic has won titles with every team he has played for, beginning with the Bundesliga and Pokal with Borussia Dortmund in 2012. He will surely bring the silverware aspirations Conte wants instilled in his group.

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While Perisic’s experience is valuable, he is also a present force. In the 2021-22 season, the 33-year-old scored 10 goals and added nine assists in 49 games, appearing in practically every game and missing only one due to injury.

Perisic is a flexible player who can play anywhere between the penalty areas, making him a great fit for Conte’s favoured wing-back system, where he will most likely play on the left.

Perisic, a centurion for Croatia, will be one of the few players in the squad to have won as many big trophies as he has, and sources suggest that Conte and managing director of football Fabio Paratici want him to have an influence on players like potential 21-year-old winger Ryan Sessegnon.

The former Wolfsburg and Club Brugge regular embodies Conte’s swashbuckling, high-intensity style on the ball, taking chances to rush at their marks in one-on-one situations and contributing goals and assists.

Tottenham will require more numbers and quality in their return to the Champions League after overcoming Arsenal to fourth place.

Perisic appeared in all of Inter’s Champions League games in 2022-23 as they advanced to the round of 16, including matches against Real Madrid and Liverpool, which were both knocked out over two legs by the Premier League side.

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When asked about the situation ahead of Inter’s final game of the season, Inter manager Simone Inzaghi expressed his hope for “positive news soon” regarding Perisic’s future.

Spurs were rumored to be interested in reuniting Conte and Perisic at the time, and Inzaghi revealed that Perisic had “particularly impressed” him in training, having previously faced him as a player.

“He’s had a fantastic season,” Inzaghi said, sounding like a guy who will be disappointed to lose Perisic as he plots Inter’s return to the top of the table in 2022-23. “He has both quality and quantity – he does everything and is completely self-sufficient.”

After Perisic was ruled out of Croatia’s round of 16 match against Spain at EURO 2020 last year, manager Zlatko Dalic tried to remain positive.

If Perisic had not signed a contract with Covid, Dalic’s side might have fared better against Spain in their 5-3 defeat. Covid was a key player for Dalic’s side during the group stage, scoring in a draw with the Czech Republic and a win over Scotland, as well as playing 90 minutes in an attacking role in their narrow defeat to England.

Jose Mourinho said Perisic showed his “incredible” physicality to win a ball in the air that contributed to the winning goal after Perisic helped Croatia knock England out of the 2018 World Cup quarterfinals.

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Mourinho, who was connected with Perisic during his stint as Manchester United manager, said: “Perisic is the kind of winger that is different from the rest.”

“Normally, wingers are thought to be only speedy and inventive. He is, nonetheless, a tremendously physical man. There’s something magical in the air.”

 

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