Arsenal line up £35m move for Inter Milan winger Ivan Perišić
After being linked with Manchester United every summer for the past 400 years, Ivan Perišić could actually be moving to one of their rivals
Unai Emery has identified the wide man he wants to bolster the Gunners midway through the season and it appears to be volleyball enthusiast Ivan Perišić, currently getting chalks on his boots for Inter Milan in Serie A.
You'll no doubt know about Perišić already, if only because he is linked to Manchester United every summer but never actually joins.
An incredibly direct, old-school winger, he's a bit of a rarity in the modern footballing climate of inside forwards and would be well-suited to the pace of the Premier League even if, at 29-years-old, he probably only has a few more years of nitrous-induced step-overs in him before he's converted into a sort of Ashley Young style shithouse wingback.
Arsenal are believed to want to loan the Croatian for the rest of the season with the option to buy permanently for £35 million.
The player himself is reportedly open to the move and happy to leave Inter after three and a half seasons at the club and an infinite number of crosses to Mauro Icardi.
He's not the only midfielder Emery has his eye on either, as the club are also reportedly sniffing around Paris Saint-Germain's Christopher Nkunku, according to L'Equipe.
The Arsenal purse-strings seem exceptionally tight, for this window at least, as again it is believed to be a loan with an option to buy. The midfielder isn't believed to be an important part of Tuchel's plans and would fill the Aaron Ramsey-shaped hole the Gunners will have in their squad come July.
Will all this rumored transfer activity help Arsenal fans forget about Jesse Lingard turning the Emirates Stadium into his own personal Popworld dancefloor? Only time will tell.