Report: Wenger lines up Euro 2016 star to replace Walcott, Murphy hails Arsenal target as phenomenal
By Alex Taylor
Arsenal could be eyeing a move for Ivan Perisic after the Croatian winger caught the attention of Arsene Wenger’s scouts, according the reports.
Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport believe Arsenal are lining up the 27-year-old on the back of his eyecatching displays at Euro 2016.
The former Borussia Dortmund wide-man scored twice against Spain on Tuesday as his side finished top of group D.
It is believed that Perisic could be seen as an ideal replacement for Theo Walcott, who could well be on his way out of the Emirates this summer.
Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has raved about Perisic’s performances in the competition.
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“Croatia have been impressive partly because of the obvious people, Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric, but Ivan Perisic has been one of the stars of the tournament for me,” Murphy told the BBC Sport website. “His power and running ability is phenomenal.”
The Inter Milan star has four years remaining on his current deal in Italy. Earlier reports from Football Insider revealed that Inter manager Roberto Mancini is not willing to sell the player but the 51-year-old accepts that a bid in the region of £30million may force his hand.
The quick-thinking left winger starred in 41 encounters for Inter across all competitions in the recently completed season, scoring 10 goals and providing six assists across the year.
Perisic has now scored 85 career goals since his emergence on loan to Roeselare in 2008.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the north London club have joined the race to sign a Brazil star.