Inter Star Takes Shots at Club amid Extension Talks

Ivan Perisic decided the Coppa Italia final with a brace, and quickly proceeded to cast doubts on his permanence at Inter. His contract runs out in June. CEO Giuseppe Marotta had hinted that the parties were nearing an agreement in lead-up to the game.

The wing-back was asked about the extension by SportMediaset’s sideline reporter: “I can not speak about it right now. You can not wait until the last moment when important players are involved. It is not the right way to operate, and you must know that.”

The Inter executive discussed Perisic the day before: “We have resumed being competitive after a few tough years. It was challenging to sign players beforehand, but the strength of our brand facilitates the acquisitions now. He is part of the equation too. We want to continue with him if he is on the same page. We can strike a deal just with some common sense.” 

According to Corriere della Sera, the Croatian international wants a three-year contract, confirming his current €6M wages. Instead, the Nerazzurri proposed a two-year deal, with a pay cut down to €4M. Perisic is in the midst of his best Inter season to date. He is finishing on a tear, as he has tallied four goals and five assists in the last nine appearance. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, he is trying to leverage his strong showings in the negotiation with the club. He is eyeing Premier League or Bundesliga, but he has yet to receive strong offers from other teams.