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Ivan Perisic is the finished article Tottenham need

The 29-year-old would massively improve Tottenham next term.

Jamie Watts

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Ivan Perisic has confirmed his status as a top quality forward during the World Cup, putting in excellent displays against Argentina and Iceland, and Tottenham should now revive their reported interest (FC Inter News), in their quest for attacking reinforcements.

Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with a number of quality wingers this summer, but so far nothing has gathered any real traction, and Perisic could represent Tottenham’s best option; in not just a practical sense, but tactically as well.

The 29-year-old has become renowned for his mature wing-play in recent years, with his marauding runs often ending with quality end product both in terms of his byline crosses and clinical low finishes, while his work-rate out of possession is unmatched by the majority of attacking players.

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Perisic’s return of 11 goals and 11 assists in 39 appearances does not tell the full story of the Croatian international’s immense contribution, and the player seems a perfect fit for the Premier League. Not only that, but he is undoubtedly hitting his prime and Tottenham would likely see the very best of the winger.

The next attacking addition is being brought in to partner 41-goal striker Harry Kane, with the left wing being a priority area for Pochettino, and Perisic’s tendency to go on his left foot would massively diversify Tottenham’s attack.

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Six of the best: England 1-2 Croatia, including Everton and Liverpool stars

England suffered a heartbreaking defeat to Croatia in the World Cup semi-final.

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England’s dream World Cup run ended last night when Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions heroically crashed out in extra time after a Mario Mandzukic goal put Croatia into the promised land of the World Cup final.

Last night’s game was breaming with talent, and some of the stars on show were indeed a joy to watch, let’s have a look at who would make it into a six aside side from last night’s semi-final.

Goalkeeper – Jordan Pickford (England)

Jordan Pickford came of age during this summer’s World Cup and again demonstrated last night why Gareth Southgate was right to pick him as England’s number one; expect to see Pickford between the sticks for the Three Lions for many years to come.

Defender – Dejan Lovren (Croatia) 

Dejan Lovren has been subject to quite a lot of stick over the last few seasons. However, the Liverpool defender has now reached a Champions League and World Cup final in one season, an impressive feat. Despite a shaky start to last nights game, Lovren overcame any nerves he did have and looked calm and comfortable when it mattered most for Croatia.

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Defender – Kieran Trippier (England)

England’s goalscorer on the night channeled his inner David Beckham to score a sublime free-kick early on for Southgate’s side. However, his heroics proved to fall just short of sending England through to play France in the final on Sunday. Nevertheless, the Tottenham full-back summed up everything that was good about the Three Lions last night and his name will undoubtedly be known on the world stage now.

Midfield – Luka Modric (Croatia)

Modric again proved last night why he is one of the best midfielders in world football, the Real Madrid star put everything on the line and put together beautifully crafted passes when Croatia needed it most. An unbelievable talent whose name in no doubt deserves to be on this team.

Midfield – Ivan Perisic (Croatia)

The Internazionale midfielder grabbed a vital goal to equalise for Croatia last night and was a menace to England’s defence throughout the game. Don’t be surprised if some of the Premier League big boys come calling for his signature after last nights performance.

Forward – Mario Mandzukic (Croatia)

Mandzukic did what all great forwards do last night and scored the winner for his side in extra time when both teams looked destined for penalties. The Croatian forward worked his socks off all night and was arguably the most dangerous player on the pitch throughout the tie and for putting his country in their first ever World Cup final he gets the last position in this side.

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Everton’s reported move for Croatia defender Domagoj Vida would seriously improve defence

The Croatia international would bolster Marco Silva’s options significantly.

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The world’s eyes were on Croatia last night, as Zlatko Dalic’s side dismantled Argentina 3-0. And a number of high-profile targets for Premier League clubs were in action. However, it appears Everton have identified a potential target that isn’t one of the household names, in Domagoj Vida, according to reports from Turkish outlet SABAH.

The defender currently plies his trade for Turkish giants Besiktas, having joined from Dynamo Kiev on a free transfer in January. But the 30-year-old has struggled to nail down a regular starting place at Vodafone Park. And Marco Silva could now swoop for his services, as he looks to bolster his defensive options ahead of his first season in-charge at Goodison Park.

The defender’s performance last night suggests he could be a serious coup for Silva if a deal can be completed. Vida partnered Liverpool regular Dejan Lovren at centre-back and managed to keep a star-studded Argentina attack; including the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala quiet for the duration of the game.

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His aggression and determination was evident for all to see, as a string of last-ditch blocks and slide tackles rounded off a brilliant display for Croatia, as they secured a clean-sheet. And the dogged attitude the player showed last night, is what was largely missing from Everton’s rear-guard last term.

Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka are coming to the latter stages of their careers with the Blues, and with the departure of Ramiro Funes Mori yesterday (BBC Sport), a deal for Vida would make perfect sense on Merseyside this summer.

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Liverpool fans want Ivan Rakitic following brilliant performance against Argentina

Liverpool fans want yet another top midfielder at the club this summer.

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Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic was nothing short of sensational last night in Croatia’s 3-0 dismantling of Argentina, and Liverpool fans have taken to social media to commend the midfielder, with many asserting that Jurgen Klopp should sign him this summer.

Luka Modric was in his usual scintillating form in the centre of the park, but Rakitic was equally as good, and the two essentially ran the game for the whole duration, as Argentina scratched their heads for a way to get into the game.

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The 30-year-old rounded off a truly dominant display by slotting home into an empty net from close range, after Mateo Kovacic unselfishly played him in, but it was nothing less than Rakatic’s performance deserved on the night.

Reds fans, having already secured the high-profile signings of Naby Keita and Fabinho, took to Twitter to suggest that the club should complete a hat-trick of midfield acquisitions this summer and bring the £60 million rated man to Anfield.

Here’s the reaction:

It has to be said that the logistics of completing a deal for the Barcelona man, who was ever-present in the side last season, make any serious movement unlikely on Liverpool’s front. But many are starting to regret the club’s decision to turn their nose up at the prospect of signing him, in a make-weight deal for Philippe Coutinho last summer.

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