Ivan Perisic has been without a doubt one of the great protagonists of Inter’s season. The Croatian’s brace in the Italian Cup final against Juventus was the icing on the cake before the end of the season who, with two days to play, can still give away surprises in the fight for the shield with Milan.
Yesterday, however, rather than celebrate his enormous performance, Perisic made headlines for the controversy it caused after the final whistle. As Mourinho did in 2010, Leonardo in 2011 and Conte a year ago, the winger tainted the party for a title with some very harsh statements: “Renewal? Nothing is known yet. With the important players you don’t have to wait, you don’t talk at the last minute. This is not right and they need to know it.”
Behind these words there is a long pulse of several months due to his contract, which expires on June 30. Staying with his services, at first, was not a priority for the club, which must cut costs and wanted to save the net 5 million of his salary. The Croatian, however, has earned the role of untouchable with Simone Inzaghi with an impressive performance.and that despite the arrival of Gosens in January.
Perisic, the second best in Serie A for AI
His numbers are outstanding (47 appearances, nine goals and eight assists), and the data of Olocip confirm that their contribution has been decisive for the team. For Artificial Intelligence, the former Bayern player is the second best player in Serie A with a value of 13.34 and the best at Inter, of which he leads several statistics (passes into the hole, assists, game changes, driving…) .
Giving up a footballer of this level would be a step backwards, but CEO Marotta cannot offer him more than one annual contract, with a salary of 3.5 million net and option for another course. Perisic, on the other hand, asks for a biennial confirming his current salary. There is distance, then, but Inter will try to get closer once the championship is over. These days, the only priority will be trying to take the shield to his fellow milanistas.