Ivan Perisic is going to be Tottenham’s first signing of the summer transfer season, with the Croatian set to sign a two-year deal.
The deal hasn’t been officially announced and won’t be confirmed until Monday, but Fabrizio Romano uttered those three famous words, “here we go,” all-but guaranteeing the deal.
It’s a massive moment for Spurs, who almost never make a signing at this early stage of the transfer window. It signifies a marked change about how Tottenham’s new regime wants to conduct their business. It also shows the Daniel Levy is finally ready to put his money where his mouth is.
With Perisic on his way to Spurs, supporters have a lot to be excited about. The Croatian will be one of numerous signing this summer. Based on the expeditious manner in which Antonio Conte got this deal across the line, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a few more additions in the coming weeks.
Perisic is a proven winner, a hardened veteran who has played at every level, and in each competition, both at the club and international level. A Croatian stalwart for the better part of two decades, Perisic was part of his country’s runners-up performance at the 2018 World Cup.
He won the Bundesliga twice with two different teams (Borussia Dortmund in 2011-12 and Bayern Munich in 2019-20) and the Scudetto with Inter Milan in 2020-21, under the tutelage of Conte.
Perisic has another couple years left at an elite level.
The 33-year-old will add more tenacity, composure, experience and a wicked delivery with his outstanding left foot. He scored eight goals and added seven assists in 35 appearances last season with Inter, who lost the Scudetto to AC Milan by two points.
The looming question is where Conte will employ the Croatian’s services. His best position is currently manned by Son Heung-min, but Perisic can also play from the right or a more central position.
Competition for places is going to stiffen markedly, precisely what Spurs need going into the 2022-23 season.
Depth is crucial with the Champions League beckoning, as any successful team playing in four competitions usually have two proficient squads to pull from.
Awaiting Perisic’s arrival for a physical next week, Tottenham supporters should be on pins and needles with anticipation.
He is an outstanding addition to the team and will make an immediate impact on first-team proceedings. His left foot is an asset Spurs supporters have been waiting for, even demanding for years now.
You can already feel that next season will be different. It feels palpably like something special is in the making. Or is that just the whiskey talking?