Reported Tottenham Hotspur target Ivan Perisic has been described as a “dream player for every coach” by Ivica Olic, in conversation with Sport BILD.
Earlier this month, Fussball Transfers reported that Spurs will jump in if Bayern Munich decide against offering Perisic a permanent contract at the end of his loan spell with them.
On Monday, FC Inter News claimed that the representatives of the Inter Milan winger have been in contact with Tottenham about a move for their client this summer.
Perisic was heavily linked with Jose Mourinho’s former club, Manchester United, in 2017, while links with Spurs – then with Mauricio Pochettino at the helm – emerged in 2019.
Now 31 years of age, Olic is nonetheless adamant that his compatriot still has plenty of years ahead of him at elite level.
“He can still play at the highest level for a few years,” his former Croatia and Wolfsburg teammate told Sport BILD. “Ivan has a very well-trained body and has rarely been injured in his career.
“Ivan’s big plus in addition to his experience is that he can play in many positions in attack: the left, right, and also in the centre. Since he shoots equally well with both feet, he is unpredictable for the opponents.
“And he also helps on the defensive. I played with him at VfL Wolfsburg and in the national team and can say: Ivan is a dream player for every coach. I am an absolute fan of Ivan.”
While some Spurs fans might roll their eyes at the prospect of another transfer saga involving Perisic, it’s not an unrealistic signing by any means.
The winger appears surplus to requirements at Inter after struggling to fit into Antonio Conte’s system, and Bayern are reportedly at loggerheads with the Nerazzurri over the transfer fee.
According to FC Inter News, Inter are willing to drop the price tag to €15million (£13.5million), whereas Bayern want to pay €10million (£9million).
Perisic’s CV is superb and his stats for Bayern this season are decent despite being a squad rotation player – six goals and eight assists from 29 games in all competitions.
Mourinho clearly rates him highly – he told RT during the 2018 World Cup, as quoted by Manchester Evening News: “Perisic, he went from Croatia to Dortmund to Wolfsburg to Inter.
“I don’t know why he didn’t come to Manchester when I wanted him.”
Indeed, the Spurs boss might not get a better chance to get his man, and at a relatively modest price, than this summer.