Transfer Focus: Ivan Perisic is the perfect Unai Emery signing

Arsenal will have the chance to land Ivan Perisic this summer, who they have chased previously, according to reports.

What’s the story?

According to FC Inter News, a very reliable source for all things connected with the San Siro club, Perisic will be allowed to leave this summer.

The report claims the Croatian international’s future is “in the balance” as Antonio Conte looks to re-shape his squad.

Arsenal and Tottenham, the report continues, have both pursued the winger “persistently and forcefully” and are expected to do so again now that he is available.

He will likely cost between €30m and €35m (£26.76m and £31.22m).

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Just the way Emery likes ’em

Perisic is the perfect player for Unai Emery, and at a fee of around £30m the Gunners would be foolish not to pull the trigger if he is available.

When his Sevilla teams were at their best, Emery had the likes of Coke and Vitolo on the wings in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Providing he wants Alexandre Lacazette, a natural centre forward, to play as a number ten behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in that same system in north London, he needs hard-working wingers with the engine to provide both a goal threat and defensive help.

Perisic can provide exactly that, and the stats prove it. In Emery’s third of three Europa League triumphs in Seville (2015-16), Coke and Vitolo averaged 1.3 and 1.6 tackles per game respectively in Europa League action that season.

This year, the Croatian boasted 1.7 tackles per game in the Champions League and topped it with 1.8 per Europa League game after Inter finished third in their group.

His work rate and engine, combined with the fact that he has scored double-digit league goals in two out of the last three seasons and fell just short this campaign with eight, make him the perfect man to bomb up and down the left flank at the Emirates.

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