Leeds, Tottenham ‘knocking at the door’ as Bayern haggle over winger

Date published: Sunday 16th August 2020 5:49

Leeds United and Tottenham are “knocking at the door” for Ivan Perisic as Bayern Munich struggle to meet Inter Milan’s asking price, according to reports.

Perisic spent the 2019-20 season on loan at Bayern from Inter. The Croatian winger scored eight goals and added six assists across all competitions.

Bayern have the option to buy Perisic for €20m as part of last summer’s loan agreement. However, with market values dropping due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Inter would be willing to accept €15m.

That’s according to FCInterNews, who admit that Bayern don’t want to bid anything more than €10m.

Amid that uncertainty, two Premier League clubs are expressing an interest. They are Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United.

Spurs manager Jose Mourinho wanted Perisic back when he was in charge of Manchester United. In fact, the winger revealed in September that the tactician personally called him, and the move falling through was “painful”.

Now, a new option could emerge. Mourinho could take advantage of the doubts Bayern are having to finally get his man – albeit at a different destination. Reports in June claimed Spurs had opened talks with Perisic’s agent.

Another option, though, would be Leeds. The Whites are sounding “sirens” over their interest in Perisic, says the report. Their return to the Premier League could help them attract bigger names.

However, Perisic still may not be one of them. The 31-year-old has “clear ideas” about where he wants to play next, FCInterNews remind – and that is to continue in Munich.

Perisic – who was part of the Croatia team that reached the 2018 World Cup final – has settled in Germany after years of mixed fortunes in Milan. He is now hoping that the Bundesliga champions can find the funds to keep him.

If not, though, several Premier League sides will be on alert.

 

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