Less goals than Son, less assists than Reguilon – Tottenham shouldn’t sign £120k p/w man [Opinion]

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Tottenham Hotspur aren’t short of forwards with Heung-min Son, Bryan Gil, Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura at their disposal, but Patrick Berger of Sport1 says Ivan Perisic might be on their radar.

The 32-year-old is out of contract at Inter Milan next summer and isn’t close to putting pen to paper on an extension despite talks being planned, so an exit in the coming months could be on the cards.

Perisic was linked with a move to Vfl Wolfsburg, but Berger says that idea is dead in the water and now the £120k-per-week wide-man is considering Tottenham as a potential destination.

He might be keen to renewing acquaintances with Antonio Conte, but the feeling may not be mutual. Perisic has made 223 appearances in all competitions since joining Inter in 2015, scoring 48 goals with 42 assists, but his output is starting to wane.

The Croatian international, who boasts 32 goals and 24 assists in 111 caps, scored five goals and made five assists in 42 games last season. He’s scored three goals and made two assists in 18 games this campaign, less goals than Son (5) and less assists than Sergio Reguilon (2), so he’s not an improvement on Spurs’ current options.

Perisic could be available on a free transfer at the end of the season, but it would be a short-termism bringing him to North London as he’ll have his 33rd birthday in February. Tottenham are ninth in the Premier League with 19 points from 12 games, five adrift of the Champions League places, but they can do better than an ageing Perisic.

Summary

Perisic is a brilliant wide-man who’s had a brilliant career in Europe, but Spurs should set their sights on players who can provide more years of service than the Croat.

And Tottenham having to pay £6.24m-a-year in wages to sign him may not end up being worth the outlay.