Official: Beppe Marotta confirm Ivan Perisic departure – Report

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Inter Milan general manager Beppe Marotta has conceded it would be hard to stand in the way of Ivan Perisic as he seeks a move to Arsenal.

Unai Emery is interested in the Croatia winger, who has put in a transfer request, but Arsenal and Inter have yet to discuss terms.

At the weekend, Marotta insisted a transfer would only happen if all sides were satisfied but he has now shown a willingness to negotiate rather than be left with an unhappy player in his squad for the remainder of the season.

“It is hard to keep hold of players if they don’t want to stay,” he told Sky Sport Italia after emerging from a meeting with club directors on Monday evening. “There have been very few moves [this winter] and a lot of unsatisfied players, so it’s up to us to deal with this situation.

“As things stand, no concrete offer has arrived so there are no conditions [to sell Perisic].”

Finishing in the top four would represent a remarkable achievement for Solskjaer after a miserable start to the season under Jose Mourinho, but the caretaker boss insists he will not throw away the chance to lift a trophy with the Champions League and FA Cup still up for grabs.

“That’s not the dream, to be top four,” said Solskjaer.

“We’re Man United, you should always aim to win the league. We can’t do that this year but we’ve just got to look forward to that again because we have to get back to that.

“We’ve got the Champions League, we’ve got the FA Cup, we can’t just say top four and that’s it. We’ve got to look at ‘Can we win something this year?’”

Pochettino watched his team exit both the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup in the space of four days after defeats to Chelsea and Crystal Palace but insisted trophies only serve to “build your ego”and that “the most important thing for Tottenham right now is to always be in the top four.”

Solskjaer, competing with Pochettino to be United’s next permanent manager, took a different view but he was still keen to defend his Spurs counterpart.

“I am not here to discuss what Pochettino says and what other managers say,” he said.

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