Perisic future still uncertain
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.