Mancini: I know nothing about Perisic – but Inter want another forward

The Nerazzurri boss says he has no news on a potential deal for the Croatia international but is eager to strengthen his squad

Inter coach Roberto Mancini has refused to be drawn on speculation that Inter are close to wrapping up a deal for Wolfsburg winger Ivan Perisic.

The Nerazzurri have been chasing the Croatia international all summer but have thus far been unable to thrash out a deal with the Bundesliga club.

Reports in Italy this week suggest Wolfsburg have finally agreed to let the former Borussia Dortmund man make the switch to Serie A, but Mancini says he is unaware of any progress having been made.

“I haven’t heard anything about Ivan Perisic,” Mancini told a press conference. 

“We only finished training a short while ago and nobody has told me anything. We should be concentrating on the game against Carpi.

“Unfortunately the transfer window is open until Monday and this can be annoying for a lot of clubs. 

“We’ll see if we get another player up front, we’re working on it and there are a lot of cards on the table. It’s difficult to say if anything will come through, right now we just don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Perisic, 26, is reported to be closing in on a loan move to San Siro, with an obligation for the Italians to make the deal permanent at the end of the season for a total fee of around €20 million.

Inter have had to work within the limitations of Financial Fair Play but freed up some funds this month with the sale of Mateo Kovacic to Real Madrid, as well as Xherdan Shaqiri’s move to Stoke City.

Mancini was desperate to rebuild the squad after a disappointing eighth-placed finish in Serie A last season, and have already added Jeison Murillo, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Stevan Jovetic, Miranda and Martin Montoya.

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