Reports in Italy this week have linked Tottenham Hotspur with a move for Croatian winger Ivan Perisic. FC Inter News recently reported that Spurs were in contact with the Inter Milan star’s agent regarding a potential switch to North London.
Perisic has had a fine season at Inter. The wide-man scored 11 goals and assisted the same amount in 39 games for the club as they narrowly beat Lazio to Champions League qualification.
So Tottenham fans are justified if they are excited by the prospect of signing the Croatian this summer.
However, it does seem an unlikely deal. It simply goes against the entire ethos of Tottenham Hotspur.
Last summer Manchester United did all they can to get Perisic. Jose Mourinho earmarked him as a perfect new recruit, but could not secure a transfer. In August they put a halt on their pursuit of the player, with their biggest offer reported to be in the region of £44 million by the Metro.
This summer should be no different. Inter were believed to be after £49 million for the player, according to The Telegraph. One year on and Perisic has had a brilliant season and the Nerazzurri no longer need the funds after making the Champions League.
Spurs would surely have to smash their transfer record in order to bring the player in.
If he was 25-years-old, then paying such a large fee would not be considered much of a problem. But Perisic is 29-years-old and would turn 30 midway through next season. Looking at the current in-limbo status of Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele at the same sort of age and it is clear Daniel Levy is not keen on big bucks going toward ageing players.
Perisic would be a fine addition for Spurs, but there is surely no way such a deal will get the go-ahead from the powers at be.
Tottenham fans might love to have Perisic, but it just does not seem like a deal that can genuinely happen.