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Spurs: Fabio Paratici set to seal Ivan Perisic signing

Tottenham are now closing in on a deal to bring Ivan Perisic to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer.

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That’s according to a report by The Independent, who claimed that Fabio Paratici has agreed a two-year deal with the 33-year-old wing-back, who is expected to leave Inter Milan upon the expiry of his current contract at the San Siro in June.

The report added that both Chelsea and Juventus also made offers to the Croatia international. However, Antonio Conte’s meeting with Tottenham’s sporting director on Friday – in which the 52-year-old informed Paratici that Perisic was one of his priority targets this summer – saw contract talks with the player accelerated, and subsequently a £4m-per-year (£77k-per-week) deal being agreed.

Finally, it is said that the former Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich star will officially confirm his final decision on Monday.

He’s “ready-made” for Conte

Considering just how impressive Perisic was for Inter this season, the news that the 33-year-old was a priority target of Conte this summer is hardly surprising to learn.

Indeed, over his 35 Serie A appearances in 2021/22, the £9m-rated talent was in sensational form on the left of Simone Inzaghi’s back five. He scored eight goals, registered seven assists and created 14 big chances for his team-mates, along with taking 1.3 shots, making 1.6 key passes and completing 0.7 dribbles per game.

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The £152k-per-week wide man also impressed in a defensive capacity, making 1.3 interceptions, 1.1 tackles and 0.9 clearances and winning 3.6 duels (at a success rate of 54%) per match.

These returns saw the 113-cap Croatia international average a quite astonishing SofaScore match rating of 7.30, not only ranking him as the Nerazzurri’s second-best performer in the league but also as the joint ninth-best player in all of Serie A.

Furthermore, according to FBRef data, the 33-year-old also ranks in the top 2% of full-backs in Europe’s big five leagues for non-penalty goals per 90, in addition to the top 1% for npxG, the top 3% for shots, the top 15% for assists, the top 1% for xA, the top 1% for npxG+xA and the top 4% for shot-creating actions over the last 365 days.

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A truly wasted talent...

Indeed, it is clear to see just how perfect a fit Perisic would be for Conte’s left wing-back role at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. That is an opinion with which Alasdair Gold clearly agrees, as the football.london journalist recently tweeted: “Ivan Perisic would be a big signing for Spurs. Not only as a multi-title and Champions League winner to bring that to the pitch and dressing room with his mentality and versatility but also because he represents a Conte-led change in Spurs’ transfer policy. Ready-made and early.”

As such, to hear that the Croatian has now agreed a deal with Spurs ahead of a switch to north London this summer is undoubtedly fantastic news for everyone involved with the club, with the future at Tottenham looking very bright under the management of Conte.

AND in other news: Paratici now plotting Spurs bid for “deadly” £21m talent, he’d be “perfect” for Conte

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