Perisic hands in transfer request amid Arsenal link

MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 06: Ivan Perisic of FC Internazionale in action during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between FC Internazionale and FC Barcelona at San Siro Stadium on November 6, 2018 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Inter Milan’s director Beppe Marotta confirmed Ivan Perisic has handed in a transfer request with Arsenal closing in, but the director claimed there have been no suitable offers.

Reports in the Italian and English press are widespread that the Gunners are in pole position to land the Croatian winger despite interest from Manchester United.

With Perisic missing out of action in the tie against Torino, director Marotta was asked about the situation by Football Italia.

MILAN, ITALY - APRIL 20: Ivan Perisic of FC Internazionale celebrates after scoring the equalizer during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and AS Roma at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on April 20, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Perisic believes they “can beat anyone”

Inter Milan and Juventus are set to play in the Derby d'Italia this next weekend in the Italian Serie A tournament.

“We have to live with a situation that many clubs have in this period, which is players who express their desire for a transfer.

“We listened to the player, he has this desire. We want to make him happy, but also have to consider what is best for us. So far, no suitable offers have arrived, so we will wait.”

It’s reported Arsenal want to take Perisic on loan with an option to buy or propose Mesut Ozil in part-exchange, but Inter are holding out for €40m upfront.

Marotta was asked why Perisic was so eager to leave Inter.

“When a player is fair and tells us his mental state and what he wants, we will always listen. After that, it’s an issue of looking after the club’s financial interests.”