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Spurs: James Olley drops Ivan Perisic update

Tottenham Hotspur are interested in a deal to bring Ivan Perisic to the club in the summer transfer window.

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That’s according to James Olley, with the ESPN journalist revealing on Twitter that Spurs are exploring a deal to sign the versatile Inter Milan midfielder on a free transfer at the end of the current campaign, with Fabio Paratici said to have already made contact with the 33-year-old regarding a potential switch to north London.

In his tweet, which included a corresponding report for ESPN, Olley said: “THFC are exploring a deal to sign Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan on a free transfer. Juventus considered the front-runners but Spurs have made contact.”

“Physical monster”

Considering just how impressive Perisic has been for Inter at left wing-back this season, and with Sergio Reguilon being heavily linked with a move away from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in recent weeks, it is unsurprising to learn that Spurs are keen on a deal for the Croatia international on a free transfer this summer.

Who would you rather at Spurs next season?

Reguilon

Reguilon

Perisic

Perisic

Indeed, over his 34 Serie A appearances this term, the £125k-per-week talent has been in breathtaking form for Simone Inzaghi’s side. He has scored seven goals, registered seven assists and created 13 big chances for his team-mates, along with taking 1.2 shots, making 1.6 key passes and completing 0.8 dribbles per game.

The 33-year-old has also impressed in a defensive capacity, making 1.4 interceptions, 1.1 tackles and one clearance and winning 3.6 duels (at a success rate of 54%) per match.

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A truly wasted talent...

These returns have seen the player who Siavoush Fallahi dubbed a “physical monster” and Adam Digby labelled “superb” average an excellent SofaScore match rating of 7.27, not only ranking him as Inter’s third-best performer in Serie A but also the joint 13th-best player in the league as a whole.

Furthermore, according to FBRef data, the 113-cap Croatia international ranks in the top 2% of full-backs in Europe’s big five leagues for non-penalty goals per 90, along with the top 3% for npxG, the top 3% for shots, the top 1% for xA, the top 1% for npxG+xA, the top 5% for shot-creating actions and the top 13% for progressive carries.

As such, it is clear that Perisic would be something of a monster for Antonio Conte’s side at left wing-back, leading us to believe that Paratici must do everything possible to convince the 33-year-old of a switch to north London this summer.

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