Inter Milan chief: “We’ve listened to Ivan Perisic”

Chief executive Giuseppe ‘Beppe’ Marotta revealed that Inter Milan have taken into account what Ivan Perisic wants, but added there are several things that they need to consider first.

The Croatia international has handed in a transfer request in order to force through a move away from Inter.

Arsenal have been strongly linked with Perisic since then but, with the January transfer window closing on Thursday, a move seems unlikely to materialise at the moment.

On Tuesday, Marotta announced that Inter have received no bids for Perisic but added that it would difficult to retain him due to his desire to leave.

Now the former Juventus chief has given an update on the 29-year-old’s situation at the San Siro.

“We’ve listened to the desire of the player, but we must also take into account any clubs who are interested in him and his asset value, which represents the investment Inter made when they signed him,” Marotta told Radio Rai.

After having their seven-match unbeaten run come to an end on Sunday when they lost 1-0 at Torino in the Serie A, Inter will be determined to get their campaign back on track.

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The Nerazzurri will take on Lazio in the Coppa Italia on Thursday, where the seven-time winners hope to win the competition again for the first time since 2011.

Therefore, Marotta is hoping that Inter can claim victory and go on to win a major piece of silverware in his first campaign at the club.

“It’s absolutely an important game in a splendid tournament,” said Marotta.

“We want to achieve something important this season, but first we have to overcome Lazio, who are absolutely a strong team.”

As for rumours linking Inter with Udinese’s Rodrigo De Paul, Marotta replied: “We’re watching several players but right now it’s too early to talk about that.

“We’re focused on this particularly hot part of the season. There’s still time to talk about June.

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