According to Fussball Transfers, Everton and Leicester City have been in contact with Inter Milan for Ivan Perisic.
The Croatian spent a successful loan spell at Bayern Munich last season, and many expected him to return to Germany in a permanent deal. However, Bayern are only willing to go as high as £9.1 million, but Inter are not prepared to let him leave for anything less than £13.7 million.
The report claims that Bayern have dropped out of the race as a result and the Premier League is the likeliest destination for last season’s Champions League winner.
Jose Mourinho has been a huge admirer of Perisic over the years and Tottenham have been linked with a move for him ever since he was appointed as Spurs boss. However, it looks like they have moved on to bigger things now, as the report claims that Spurs recently withdrew their interest.
That leaves Perisic with two options in England. Both Everton and Leicester are looking for a new wide attacker and the Croatian’s quality and experience makes him a very interesting option.
The Toffees have the likes of Bernard, Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi on the wings. However, all three have been inconsistent during their time at Goodison Park, prompting Carlo Ancelotti to look for a new wide man.
Leicester, on the other hand, are gearing up for a season in Europe. The Foxes should have really made it to the Champions League, but a disappointing end to last season pushed them out of the top four.
Perisic’s experience in Europe could come in very handy for Brendan Rodgers. Leicester have a fairly young squad and a seasoned veteran like the Croatian would be a huge help to many players.
The only potential downside to the deal is Perisic’s age. He is 31 already and has never played in the Premier League before. However, at just under £14 million, it could well be a risk worth taking for the two interested clubs.