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Report: Tottenham star shares the same ‘regret’ as Romelu Lukaku; wants to leave this summer

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Ivan Perisic celebrates with Romelu Lukaku during their time together at Inter Milan.

Tottenham Hotspur star Ivan Perisic shares same ‘regret’ as Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku

Ivan Perisic joined Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer from Inter Milan last summer in what seemed like a great deal for all parties at the time.

After Inter Milan won the Scudetto in the 2020-21 season, a number of important personalities sought moves elsewhere. Manager Antonio Conte eventually left Inter for Tottenham.

Perisic followed suit in the summer of 2022. And Romelu Lukaku had already sealed a headline-grabbing return to Stamford Bridge for a then-club-record fee a year earlier.

Tottenham Hotspur's Ivan Perisic vies with Liverpool's Mohamed Salah.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Ivan Perisic vies with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

But things haven’t turned out well for the trio. Conte left Spurs in March, clearly on bad terms with the club. Lukaku was deemed surplus to requirements last summer and was sent to Inter Milan on a season-long loan.

Let Perisic go

Now, Calciomercato.com in Italy claim that Perisic, like Romelu Lukaku, ‘regrets’ leaving Inter Milan. He wants to leave Spurs this summer – 12 months before his contract expires at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

They add that despite Inter Milan’s strong season in the UEFA Champions League, it is hard to imagine them signing a 34-year-old player who is currently pocketing £98,000 a week in north London.


Given he only becomes a free agent in the summer of 2024 at the earliest, Inter could also have to pay a fee to sign the former Bayern Munich star. It remains to be seen if they want to sign the Croat even with Federico Dimarco and Robin Gosens in their ranks.

Perisic is clearly a world-class player on his day. He can be a threat in attack down the left-hand side and does his job in defence without fuss, although without expertise as well.

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But if he really wants to leave, there is no point keeping him here. It won’t be a bad deal to get something in transfer fees for him and try to focus on Ryan Sessegnon or Sergio Reguilon, or a new left-back, from next season onwards.

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