Ivan Perisic has handed in a transfer request following news that Inter Milan have rejected a loan offer from Arsenal.
We brought you news yesterday that Arsenal had made a move for the Croatia international, with Unai Emery having already announced his desire for the club to sign a versatile winger as well as a central defender this month.
However, the North London club don’t have a pot to piss in in terms of transfer budget this month, with the club having to scrap around in the loan market in a bid to bolster their squad, in what has been one of the quietest transfer windows in years.
The Gunners have launched a bid to sign Perisic on loan until the end of the season, an offer which included an option to buy, although reliable Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed that that particular offer has been turned down.
He claims that Arsenal had offered €4m to take him on loan, as well as offering €40m in the summer if they choose to sign him on a permanent basis.
Romano claims that while Inter are open to letting the Croatian leave the club, they only want to do so on a permanent basis. He adds that they would be willing to loan the 29-year-old out, but only if the deal included an obligation to buy.
However, in further developments this evening, it is being reported by Sky Sports that Perisic has now handed in a transfer request at the Serie A club, although whether it will alter their stance is yet to be seen.
Perisic has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Manchester United having been showing strong interest in each of the last three transfer windows, with Jose Mourinho known to have been a keen admirer.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 27, 2019