Arsenal have abandoned their brief pursuit of Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic and will instead reignite their interest in Yannick Carrasco, according to reports.
The Gunners made a surprise approach for Perisic, though a deal stalled because Inter were unwilling to sanction a loan move without a compulsory obligation to buy the Croatian at the end of his stay for £35million.
Despite Perisic training away from the rest of the squad and handing in a transfer request, the Italian side’s stance has not changed prompting Arsenal to pursue other targets.
The north Londoners were offered Carrasco – who is unhappy at Chinese side Dalian Yifang – earlier this month and, according to Sky Sport Italia, they are reexploring that option.
Carrasco’s camp reached out to Arsenal and made it clear he would be willing to take a significant pay cut to move to the Premier League.
Dalian have little desire to let him leave, though their position could change if they manage to sign Alassane Plea from Borussia Monchengladbach.
Arsenal are also closing in on a deal for Barcelona’s Denis Suarez and, despite Unai Emery seeing the Spaniard as a winger, a move for Carrasco would be in addition to the Barca man, not instead of.
Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio effectively confirmed that Arsenal’s interest in Perisic was over, saying: ‘We will reintegrate Perisic in the coming days, we won’t make any deals before the transfer window’s end.