Antonio Conte ‘knows and trusts’ £14.5m on Spurs radar

Pete O’Rourke has advised Tottenham Hotspur to make a summer move for Ivan Perisic.

The reporter, writing on GiveMeSport, says Spurs boss Antonio Conte ‘knows and trusts’ the Inter Milan ace.

Tottenham manager Fabio Paratici is known to like a free transfer.

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And this summer, a host of top players will be out of contract.

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One of them is Perisic, a player Spurs have reportedly been eyeing, and who in turn is apparently eager for a Conte reunion.

Inter Live reported in December that Perisic’s first preference when his contract expired was to join Conte at Tottenham.

It was claimed that the two would “kiss” a reunion.

Plus, the fact that Perisic is a free agent makes him a really attractive option.

CaughtOffside claimed in February that Tottenham had already offered the 33-year-old a contract.

However, fabrice romano recently announced that Inter will soon open talks with Perisic over a new contract.

O’Rourke thinks Perisic on a free transfer is a given.

“Perisic has been a real top player for several years now,” he wrote on GiveMeSport.

“He’s played all over Europe, Germany, Italy and everywhere else.

“He played at left-back for Inter Milan this season and took on that role without any problems.

“He has a lot of experience. Conte has also known him from his time at Inter Milan, so he’s a player he knows and trusts.

“One of the best in Europe”

Perisic turned 33 in February but he is still playing at the highest level and has a lot to offer Tottenham.

He received plenty of praise for his performance in the Champions League Round of 16 first leg loss to Liverpool.

Tuttomercatoweb gave him 7/10 and wrote: “When he plays like he did in the second half, he gives the feeling of being one of the best in Europe in this role.

“Continuous challenges, quality crosses, accurate passing and defensive contributions. Too bad they didn’t help him from the start.

Corriere della Sera wrote that Perisic was ‘in a different league’, while Eurosport called him ‘exceptional’ and a ‘left-wing owner’.

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