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€16-million Tottenham target pulls surprise U-turn, and talks to be held before Christmas

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Tottenham Hotspur transfer target Ivan Perisic has pulled a surprise U-turn and will now discuss a new contract with Inter Milan before Christmas, according to TuttoMercatoWEB.

As relays the HITC, the Croatian’s future seemed certain to be away from the San Siro with his current terms expiring next summer. Tuttosport also claimed in November that Perisic had told the Inter Milan hierarchy long ago that he would not sign an extension after six-years at the club.

But Perisic has spun 180-degrees and will meet Nerazzurri Chairman Giuseppe Marotta and Sporting Director Piero Ausilio with his agent. The club are proposing a two-year deal with an option to extend to 2025, taking the winger until he’s 36.

Perisic has enjoyed a remarkable season since Tottenham boss Antonio Conte walked away from Inter Milan in the summer. Simone Inzaghi has revived the £125k-a-week dynamo as a fully-fledged winger after he occupied a wing-back role in Conte’s system.

Yet the forward seemed willing to join Conte in north London once his current terms at the San Siro expire. That’s according to Inter Live, who claimed just last week that Perisic would rather join Tottenham on a free transfer than re-join Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg next year.

Perisic spent two seasons at the Volkswagen Arena between 2013 and 2015 before joining the Nerazzurri for £14.5m. He also helped Die Wolfe win the DFB-Pokal in his final year at the club and the German Super Cup, which remains the Saxony outfit’s most recent trophy.

Perisic’s U-turn will surely surprise Conte as he targeted a transfer to reunite with the Inter Milan forward at Tottenham. The Italian relied on the Croatian heavily during their Serie A winning campaign at the San Siro together last season.

Conte fielded Perisic in 32 of the Nerazzurri’s 38 games, and saw him strike four goals and five assists. He has already offered three goals and one assist in 14 games under Inzaghi.

But Inzaghi fielding Perisic in a more advanced role than Tottenham boss Conte did may have helped swing the Croatian’s mind back in favour of a new contract with Inter Milan.

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