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Spurs complete Perisic signing on free transfer

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Ivan Perisic is reunited with Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte as his deal at Inter comes to an end; the Croatia international, who has 113 caps for his country and scored in the 2018 World Cup final, has been at Inter since 2015, spending a season on loan with Bayern Munich

Tottenham have completed the signing of Ivan Perisic on a free transfer.

The 33-year-old, who can play as a wing-back and a forward, has signed a two-year contract to become one of Antonio Conte’s first signings of the summer window.

Inter Milan chief executive Giuseppe Marotta admits he was keen to keep Perisic this summer, but was unable to convince him to extend his stay in Milan.

There is regret,” Marotta said on Monday. “But he wanted to try a new experience in the Premier League.

We were not in a position to make better offers, simply his choice was based on a different future than the current one. Maximum respect for that and a big thank you to him as well.”

Goalkeeper Fraser Forster has also agreed to sign for Spurs when his deal at Southampton expires and has already completed his medical exams.

The Croatia international, who has 113 caps for his country and scored in the 2018 World Cup final, had been at Inter since 2015. He won Serie A last season under Tottenham head coach Conte after spending the 2019-20 season on loan at Bayern Munich where he lifted the Champions League.

“When I got in contact with the coach and the sporting director, I told them I had really wanted to come to the Premier League since 2009 when I started playing professional football in Belgium,” Perisic told Spurs’ official website.

“It’s a privilege to work with a coach like Antonio. It was a perfect year at Inter, I am very pleased to see him again. He lives football every minute, every hour and every day, even when he’s sleeping he’s thinking about it.

“I was watching the last two or three games and, after the win against Arsenal, it was obvious Tottenham would reach the Champions League, and it was good for me because I want to play in the biggest games.”

Despite speculation around his Spurs future, Conte is preparing for next season at the club after talks with managing director of football Fabio Paratici on Friday.

Conte has been told the club aim to sign at least six or seven players, as Spurs look to back the Italian in the transfer market.

Spurs are targeting several areas, with goalkeeper, centre back, wing-back, central midfielder and striker among the positions they plan to strengthen. Conte deployed Perisic at left wing-back during his time at Inter after bringing him back into the fold.

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