Inter Milan chief: “There are no offers for Perisic”

MILAN, ITALY - DECEMBER 26: Ivan Perisic of FC Internazionale reacts after misses a chance of goal during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and SSC Napoli at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on December 26, 2018 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has announced that there have been no offers received for Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic.

The Croatia international was left as an unused substitute in Inter’s 1-0 Serie A defeat to Torino on Sunday after it was confirmed he’s handed in a transfer request.

Perisic has attracted plenty of suitors for his services over recent months following his impressive performances for Croatia on route to the World Cup final last summer with Manchester United and Arsenal having been heavily linked.

Reports have suggested that the Gunners are leading the race for Perisic’s signature with manager Unai Emery doing little to dispel the rumours once and for all in a press conference on Monday.

But Marotta, who joined Inter from Juventus in December, revealed that the Nerazzurri haven’t received any offers yet for Perisic.

“It’s difficult to keep a player that wants to leave,” Marotta told Sky Sport.

“But in this moment there are no offers for Perisic.”

Perisic has been at the San Siro since 2015 after joining from Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg in a €16m deal.

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Since then, Perisic has gone on to manage 34 goals and 34 assists in 143 appearances for Inter across all competitions this season.

Despite strong interest from United last summer, the 29-year-old remained at Inter and has featured in 18 of their 21 Serie A games this season.

The agent and wife of Perisic’s Inter team-mate Mauro Icardi, however, suggested that his decision to leave the club is down to personal issues.

“I don’t think any player should be too focused on the work of his agent, as he has to remain concentrated on the game anyway,” said Wanda Nara.

“No player wants to lose, even if he is eager to leave. Perhaps he wants to go elsewhere because of personal issues.”

“I do like Marotta, as he seems an honest person and he proved that with the way he discussed the Perisic situation.

“He is what we need in this world, as there is so much hypocrisy in football. He tells you the truth to your face and we’re not accustomed to that in this business.”