Ivan Perisic is set to 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.

Ivan Perisic is in London to undergo a medical at Tottenham.

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

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, has 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.

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.

Why are Spurs signing Perisic?

“It’s not often Tottenham make investments in players over 30, let alone at 33 – but on a free transfer this one makes sense.

“First of all he is someone Antonio Conte wants, having worked with him before at Inter Milan, so he is a great way of showing backing for the manager early in the window.

Ivan Perisic was influential for Inter last season

“But from a football perspective, it makes even more sense. Perisic is experienced, right at the top of the game. He’s a winner. He’s won the Champions League with Bayern Munich and the Serie A title under Conte in 2021.

“He is also still at the top of his game, despite his age, and can offer a threat from a variety of positions. Conte converted him into a left wing-back in their title-winning side but he can also provide cover and competition for Heung-Min Son and Dejan Kulusevski in the forward positions.

“Conte wants to add experienced heads to his squad to get Tottenham competing on all fronts next season and Perisic will bring that in abundance.”

‘Spurs clearly backing Conte this summer’

“Following the news that Tottenham have put in £150m of equity funds into the club, the club are clearly backing Antonio Conte in the transfer market this summer.

“They will target several positions including goalkeeper, centre back, wing-back, central midfielder and a striker. As many as six or seven players could arrive. They will need to find the right balance with homegrown players. There is currently an imbalance in this area.

“Conte wants more depth in the squad, and he also wants to add experienced players, a shift from recent times when Spurs targeted younger players.

“There are some at the club who feel it’s inaccurate they didn’t spend in the past but there is an acknowledgement they didn’t always get recruitment right.

“Fabio Paratici can do no wrong at the club currently. Additions of Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski have given belief that they are finally getting it right in this area.

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