Inter boss hits out at Arsenal for trying to ‘con’ Perisic

Joe Williams

Arsenal tried to con Ivan Perisic during their pursuit of the forward, according to Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti.

The deal reportedly fell through with Inter Milan demanding a permanent deal instead of a loan, with the Italian giants rejecting the structure of a proposed loan to buy offer.

Perisic handed in a transfer request when he heard of the Gunners interest but Spalletti claims the Croatian then backed down as he realised the deal to go to Arsenal was not a “true offer”.

“There was this story on the market, but he is a professional, understands his role and yesterday it was already a very different mood,” Spalletti told RAI Sport.

“These things happen in the transfer window, the player received an impressive proposal and was tempted.

“However, he then realised it was not a true offer, that he’d been conned, and took a step back.

“Now he’ll resume training and as soon as his mind is back fully on Inter, we’ll let him play.”