Is there a more underrated footballer in the modern era than Ivan Perisic?
The Inter Milan star was a key part of the Borussia Dortmund side who captured hearts and minds all across the continent under Jurgen Klopp, scribing his name into the Bundesliga history-books.
Perisic also became one of a select few to secure silverware in the green of Wolfsburg before, just last season, helping Inter seal their first Serie A title since the days when a salt-and-pepper Jose Mourinho was going head-to-head with Claudio Ranieri for Scudetto glory.
That’s without mentioning his starring role in an all-conquering, treble-winning Bayern Munich side who swept all before them in 2019/20.
And while Croatian hearts may have been shattered by a Kylian Mbappe-inspired France in the 2018 World Cup final, it was Perisic’s brilliantly-taken strike against England in the semis that took them there in the first place.
Could Ivan Perisic shine at Antonio Conte’s Spurs?
Yes, Perisic will turn 33 in February. But, in the bowels of the San Siro, this old-school, chalk-on-the-boots wideman is ageing like the finest bottle of Italian Barolo.
It might have been Edin Dzeko’s face that was plastered all over the Milan press following Inter’s 2-0 Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk last week but Perisic was the best player on the pitch, setting up the Bosnian’s second of the game with the sort of inch-perfect cross that has become his trademark during a decade at the very highest level.
Simone Inzaghi’s response when asked if he wants to keep Perisic at Inter, describing the evergreen wideman as an ‘extraordinary’ talent, spoke volumes.
Unfortunately for Inzaghi – not to mention Dzeko – Perisic has turned down the chance to extend a £125,000-a-week contract that has just eight months left to run.
And according to Sport1, Tottenham Hotspur have now entered talks over a deal that will see Perisic, who shone under Antonio Conte at Inter, finally seal a long-awaited move to the Premier League.
A message to anyone who dares question the potential arrival of a man who soon be blowing out 33 candles on his birthday cake; Do not be fooled by Perisic’s age.
His CV, and his enduringly brilliant performances for one of Europe’s biggest clubs, tell you far more than his birth certificate ever could.