Everton and Serie A duo ‘test the waters’ for Inter Milan star

Lewis Oldham
Everton target Ivan Perisic

Everton, AC Milan and Roma are all interested in signing Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic, who is out of contract next summer, according to reports.

The Toffees and West Ham United have been linked with the midfielder in recent weeks. 

Perisic joined Inter Milan in 2015 from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg. He has played over 200 times for the Italian outfit since this switch.

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The Croatian international had a loan spell at Bayern Munich in 2019/20. He then returned to Inter last season as he helped them win the Serie A title.

The 32-year-old’s contract at the Italian giants is due to expire next year. L’Interista (as cited by Sport Witness) are reporting that Everton, Roma and AC Milan are all keen to sign Perisic.

The report states that the three clubs have “tested the waters” regarding the signing.

Speaking before the international break, Michael Ball insisted that Jean-Philippe Gbamin needs to “show a lot more”.

The midfielder joined the Toffees in 2019 from Bundesliga side Mainz for around £25m. He has struggled with injuries since this move as he has only played four times in the Premier League.

His first league appearance for Everton this season came as they were beaten 2-1 by Wolves earlier this month.

Ball said: “Doucoure is a man mountain, and he does the running for two people. So, when he’s not there, we need to pack that midfield,” Ball said.

“We need to get an extra man in there and sacrifice a place somewhere else as we keep getting overrun.

“One of the midfield pair [against Wolves] was Gbamin, who has come in for a lot of money and has had a difficult time with injuries to say the least. I know what that’s like – it’s tough both mentally and physically.

“He looked very slow and off the pace, so it was no surprise that he got taken off after 45-minutes. If he wants to make a name for himself, he’s got to show a lot more. I think playing two in midfield would have been a big ask even if he was fully fit.”