Competition is arriving…
Tottenham Hotspur look set to confirm the signing of Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan, with the Croatian international’s contract expiring at the Italian club.
Antonio Conte is reportedly very eager to reunite with his former player, while the Croatian himself is happy to sign a two-year deal with the North London outfit.
Perisic is 33 years of age, and while a number of clubs may not be interested in bringing in such an old player, he fits Conte’s style perfectly.
Ivan Perisic to join Spurs
According to The Guardian, Perisic does not fit the profile of player preferred by the Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy, but given how successful Conte has been since coming in, they are willing to let him have control of transfers.
Conte secured top four ahead of Spurs’ fierce rivals Arsenal, with some of his January transfer signings coming up trumps. As a result, it makes sense that the club would trust him going forward.
The two signings that came from Italy had a major impact on this season, and Conte will be hoping that Perisic does the same.
Ivan Perisic Spurs Matt Doherty
It does beg the question though, what this deal means for Spurs’ existing full-backs, including Ireland’s Matt Doherty.
Perisic can play on either side of the pitch, and is clearly one of Conte’s favourite players, so it would not be at all surprising to see him walk into their starting XI.
Given Spurs already have Ryan Sessegnon and Sergio Reguillon on the left-hand side, it would make sense to think that Perisic is being brought in to be played ahead of Doherty.
The Ireland international showed exactly what he brought to the team towards the end of last season, before a nasty injury ruled him out of the last few games of the season.
Maybe the Perisic business could be simply to provide competition for Doherty, but given how much Conte likes the Croatian, it could be bad news for the former Wolves man.