Perisic fu­ture still un­cer­tain

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SIN­GA­PORE: In­ter Mi­lan coach Lu­ciano Spal­letti is des­per­ate to keep hold of cov­eted Croa­t­ian winger Ivan Perisic as he over­hauls his squad ahead of the next Serie A cam­paign but the Ital­ian is well aware that ev­ery player has a price. In­ter’s am­bi­tious Chi­nese own­ers went through three man­agers last sea­son as the club fin­ished in sev­enth place to miss out on Euro­pean foot­ball and for­mer Roma boss Spal­letti was hired last month in a bid to chal­lenge for top hon­ours. Spal­letti has al­ready re­cruited Slo­vakia in­ter­na­tional de­fender Mi­lan Skriniar among a raft of sign­ings but may need to re­luc­tantly part with the highly-rated Perisic to free up funds to strengthen his squad in other ar­eas. “Ru­mours, yes, but the sta­tus quo is that we want to keep Perisic, he’s an im­por­tant player and we’re count­ing on him to start the new sea­son,” Spal­letti said at team train­ing in Sin­ga­pore yes­ter­day.

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