Tottenham Hotspur are close to signing Inter Milan’s Croatian star Ivan Perisic as Antonio Conte strengthens his ranks after committing his future to the club.
The 2018 World Cup runner-up has arguably been Inter’s best player this season, earning plenty of interest as his contract expires this summer.
Inter tried to keep the 33-year-old after a season in which he looked revitalized playing at the back, but Spurs gave the free agent what he was looking for.
According to Italian football insider Gianluca Di Marzio, Perisic has ‘said yes’ to Spurs’ offer of a two-year contract worth £5.1million. [€6m]pushing them past Chelsea in the queue for his services.
The deal would be “a dream come true” for Perisic, who would like to play in the Premier League after spells in France, Belgium, Germany and Italy.
The Croatian regular broke through at Borussia Dortmund under Jurgen Klopp before moving to Inter where he played under Conte.
Perisic spent the 2019/20 season on loan at Bayern Munich where he scored a European treble, and has since returned to Serie A, and excelled in a more retired role.
Following a title victory under Conte last season, Perisic has managed eight goals and seven assists in the league this season, as well as a Coppa Italia win.
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And now he looks set to continue in that position in Conte’s favorite 3-4-2-1 formation, with the Italian coach receiving backing from the north London side after a successful debut campaign.
Spurs secured a return to Champions League football with a 5-0 win over Norwich on the final day, and have since received a £150m injection from majority shareholder Joe Lewis.
Most of that money will go towards Conte’s summer expenses, with up to six arrivals set to come through the gate at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
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