Confirmed: Arsenal seal deal for £35m star before transfer deadline day

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Arsenal are confident of signing Ivan Perisic before the transfer window closes despite seeing their initial offer rejected by Inter Milan, reports say.

Unai Emery is desperate for new arrivals at the Emirates but admitted earlier in the month that the Gunners were not in a position to make any permanent signings.

Arsenal approached Inter over a loan deal for Croatia international Perisic over the weekend but saw their offer knocked back by the Italian club.

However, according to the Evening Standard, the Gunners will reopen talks today, with a willingness from both parties to reach an agreement.

Perisic, 29, has handed in a transfer request and Inter Milan are ready to sell him for around £35million.

Arsenal, unable to sign any players permanently until the summer, offered Inter a £3.5m loan fee with a view to making his stint in north London permanent at the end of the season.

While this offer was rejected, the Gunners remain optimistic that a deal will be reached, particularly as Manchester United are not expected to renew their interest in Perisic.

The Evening Standard also claim that Inter want a clause to be written into his contract that a permanent deal will be triggered if the winger plays a set number of games during the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign.

Perisic is said to be hoping to secure a move to the Premier League, while Emery will welcome the addition of a hugely talented and experienced player at the Emirates.

The Gunners are also looking to make a late move for a centre-back this month, with Sokratis Papastathopoulos now out for a month and Laurent Koscielny a doubt after Friday’s defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup.

Arsenal, currently fifth in the Premier League, face relegation-battlers Cardiff City on Tuesday evening. Cardiff are 18th in the table, having only won five games this season. Neil Warnock’s side lost 3-0 to Newcastle United last weekend.

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