Ivan Perisic has accepted an offer to join Tottenham when his contract with Inter Milan expires at the end of next month. The winger is ready to sign a two-year contract after Antonio Conte called to confirm how much he wanted to work with him again.
Conte and Perisic were together at Inter in the 2020-21 title-winning season and the Croatia international refused to extend it for two years there. He was also a target for Chelsea, but their pursuit was effectively neutralized by the penalties under which the club operated.
At the age of 33, Perisic does not fit into the player profile of Tottenham president Daniel Levy’s favorite player, but Conte has been licensed to sign after securing the Champions League with a solid finish to the season.
Conte agreed to stay after talks in Turin on Friday with managing director of football Fabio Paracci. Among other things, the manager wanted confirmations on transfers.
Perisic has been at Inter since 2015, although he spent the 2019/20 season – Conte’s first there – on loan at Bayern Munich. He was part of the Croatian team that reached the 2018 World Cup Final and started 35 of the 38 Serie A matches this season.
Conte’s budget has been boosted by an investment of up to another £150m from Tottenham’s largest shareholder, Enek. Another Inter player, Italy defender Alessandro Bastoni, 23, is also on the wishlist and Jadid Spence, the England Under-21 full-back on loan from Middlesbrough at Nottingham Forest, is also on the wishlist.
Goalkeeper Fraser Forster is ready to join Tottenham on 1 July when his contract with Southampton expires. He will be a replacement for Hugo Lloris in place of Pierluigi Giulini, who is leaving and wanted by Fiorentina.