Report: Liverpool in three-horse PL race to land international star, £35m will seal deal
By Matt Farr
Liverpool have resumed their pursuit of Inter Milan midfielder Ivan Perisic this month, according to a report.
The Daily Star understand that the Reds have now joined Premier League rivals Manchester United and Chelsea in pursuit of the highly-rated winger, who could be available for transfer.
Inter Milan are planning an audacious move to land Paris Saint-Germain ace Marco Verratti, and may be prepared to offload Perisic in a bid to raise funds.
The Italian giants are willing to consider offers around the £35million mark, more than double the £16million fee they purchased him for in August 2015.
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Perisic has three years left on his current deal at San Siro, and would prefer to remain at the club, but could be tempted into a move to the Premier League.
The 27-year-old has been in excellent form this season, netting seven goals and four assists from 24 appearances in all competitions; following an impressive showing for Croatia at the European Championships in the summer.
Liverpool currently have a vast array of attacking talent, including in-form trio Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana, but Jurgen Klopp is not yet content with the attacking force at his disposal.
Perisic is primarily a left winger, but can also be deployed on the right or in a central attacking-midfield role, which meets Klopp’s preference for versatile attacking players.
The Croatia international also has a keen eye for goal, and can be a substantial threat from set-pieces.
Football Insider verdict
Perisic would be an excellent signing for Liverpool. A tricky winger, Perisic ticks a lot of boxes in terms of what Jurgen Klopp wants in a player, and has shown over the years that he is a player that could have a big impact in the Premier League. £35million may seem a steep price for him, though, but Liverpool could end up spending far more on a player that offers much less. The priority right now, however, must be on improving the Liverpool defence. The Swansea defeat on Saturday proved just how much work is still to be done in the defensive department, and Klopp should be prioritising that problem area instead of focusing on more talent in the final-third. Perisic would be a decent signing, but he wouldn’t solve any of their problems.
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