IVAN PERISIC was "conned" by Arsenal's attempts to sign him, according to Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti.
The Gunners were keen to take the Croatian star on loan until the end of the season to bolster their attacking options.
But despite Perisic, 30, submitting a transfer request to the Serie A club, a potential deal broke down.
It means Spalletti has Perisic available for when Bologna travel to the San Siro tomorrow afternoon – but whether his star man is in the right frame of mind to be involved is another matter entirely.
The Italian, though, was clearly unhappy with Arsenal's advances, believing the North London side were never in a position to get a deal done.
He told Rai Sport: "We’ve got to get Perisic back on track. 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."
Arsenal brought in just one player in the January transfer window: Denis Suarez joined until the end of the season from Barcelona.
But the Gunners missed out on a number of other targets as well as Perisic, including Yannick Carrasco and Christopher Nkunku.
BBC journalist David Ornstein told 5Live: "Ivan Perisic was a target of Arsenal, again a loan with an option to buy but Inter Milan had no interest in that.
"They wanted guaranteed money. So that one fizzled out pretty quickly."
There is, though, a potential Arsenal fans will see Perisic at the Emirates this season.
Both Arsenal and Inter Milan are in the Europa League so could be drawn against each other at some point in the knockout stages.
Inter dropped into Uefa's secondary club competition after Spurs pipped them in their Champions League group.
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