Perisic hands in transfer request

28 January 2019 11:39:09 UK

Inter Milan's Croatia international Ivan Perisic, who is being linked with a move to Arsenal, has submitted a transfer request.

The 29-year-old former Club Brugge, Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg star has been a regular for his national side since 2011 and played a key role in their run to the World Cup 2018 final, scoring in the semi-final victory against England.

He was left out of Luciano Spalletti's squad for Sunday's trip to Torino and Nerazzurri director Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed that Perisic is keen to leave the San Siro.

"We have to live with a situation that many clubs have in this period, which is players who express their desire for a transfer," said Marotta.

"We listened to the player, he has this desire. We want to make him happy, but also must consider what is best for us. So far, no suitable offers have arrived, so we will wait.

"When a player is fair and tells us his mental state and what he wants, we will always listen. After that, it's an issue of looking after the club's financial interests."

Meanwhile, Spalletti said after Inter were beaten 1-0 by Torino that Perisic would not be involved in his first-team plans because he has said he does not want to be at the club.

"Someone who cannot contribute to the team has to stay out," he insisted.

Inter Milan are 1/5 to finish in the top four in Serie A this season and 6/5 to beat Lazio on Thursday.

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