Leicester plot shock €35m deal for former Man Utd target

Joe Williams

Leicester City are reportedly plotting a deal for Inter Milan winger and former Manchester United target Ivan Perisic.

New Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is planning to stamp his authority on his squad this summer and Tuttomercatoweb claim World Cup-finalist Perisic could be available for around €35million.

The 30-year-old winger was a target for Jose Mourinho at United and he was linked with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in January, while Gazzetta Dello Sport claimed that West Ham United had entered the race to sign him in April.

Perisic was a regular starter for Luciano Spalletti last season, and hit eight goals and four assists as Inter finished fourth ahead of AC Milan.

The Nerazzurri though have since replaced Spalletti with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who himself is looking to shape his squad ahead of next season.

The suggestion is that Conte will allow 82-cap Perisic to leave Milan just as the Croatia star wanted to do in January.

Inter director Piero Ausilio though confirmed there were no suitable offer for Perisic’s services in January.

“Perisic wants to go abroad, but there are no suitable offers,” Ausilio said at the time.

Arsenal wanted the player on loan with a £35million option to purchase, but the deal never materialised and the Gunners eventually signed Denis Suarez on loan instead.