It’s looking increasingly likely that Croatia and Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic will remain at the San Siro club after Thursday’s transfer deadline, in spite of strong interest from Arsenal. 

Arsenal has been working on taking the versatile winger on loan this January, with a view to making the transfer permanent in the summer, and speculations that the move would go through reached new heights when he handed in a transfer request over the weekend.

In what appeared to be a reaction to Perisic’s actions, he was left out of the squad that lost 1-0 to Torino at the weekend.

However, Inter Milan has now said that all offers, including Arsenal’s loan proposition, received so far have not met their expectations.

The sticking point appears to be that Perisic would only be sold permanently or with an option to make the deal permanent in the summer included in the deal.

Inter director Piero Ausilio said:

“Perisic wants to go abroad, but there are no suitable offers.

“If he does remain, I expect the same professionalism from him as always. We intend to get him back on track and it shouldn’t be a problem. I don’t think it’ll take very long.

“I can say the Inter transfer market is closed. We had some fitness issues with Sime Vrsaljko and did well to immediately cover the gap with Cedric Soares [from Southampton].

“Inter have had a difficult path over the last few years, having changed ownership three times, but we now have a solid and ambitious owner who, with time and patience, can achieve great things.”

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