​​Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti has claimed that star midfielder Ivan Perisic was conned by the offer from ​Arsenal, who showed interest during the January transfer window but did not negotiate a contract.

Arsenal were looking for a winger that can help their cause of qualifying for the Champions League next season, but were unable to reach a deal with the player or the club regarding a loan move.

However, no deal could be reached between all parties concerned, even though Perisic reportedly informed the club he wanted to leave and now Spalletti has said that they need to get the player back on track.

According to ​Goal, Spalletti said: “We’ve got to get Perisic back on track, but also Nainggolan, as he had injuries, setbacks and various issues. He needs time on the field and patience.

“As for Perisic, there was this story on the market, but he is a professional, understands his role and yesterday it was already a very different mood. 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.”

Inter are currently placed third in the Serie A table and are nowhere close to Napoli or Juventus in the league, but are also significantly ahead of AC Milan. They lost to Lazio in the penalty shootout of the Coppa Italia quarterfinals last night, but are still in the Europa League. 

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