Inter Milan manager Luciano Spaletti has criticized Arsenal for their brief pursuit of Ivan Perisic.
Spalletti feels Arsenal’s interest was never entirely serious but it still unsettled the 29-year-old winger as he had to miss the defeat against Torino because of Arsenal links.
“There was this story on the market, but he is a professional, understands his role and yesterday it was already a very different mood,” Spalletti told RAI Sport.
“These things happen in the transfer window, the player received an impressive proposal and was tempted.
“However, he then realised it was not a true offer, that he’d been conned, and took a step back. ‘Now he’ll resume training and as soon as his mind is back fully on Inter, we’ll let him play.”
On Inter director Beppe Marotta’s decision to go public with Perisic’s transfer request, Spalletti added: “I don’t know if it was a good idea or not to say Perisic wanted to leave, but the player received an important proposal and said he was open to it. When he realised the offer was not what he thought, he took a step back, but the damage had already been done. Announcing the situation just created tension around him and the team. Now he’s starting to get back in line, but it’ll take a while.”