Ivan Perisic has not yet had his shirt number officially announced by Tottenham as he is waiting to see whether one of two currently in use become available, according to Football.London.
The 33-year-old joined Spurs on a two-year deal on Tuesday which is set to start when his Inter Milan contract expires at the end of this month.
Croatia international Perisic will be reunited with former Inter manager Antonio Conte in North London, arriving as the Italian’s first signing in what is expected to be a summer overhaul.
Perisic was unveiled as a Spurs player at their state-of-the-art Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but the wide man’s shirt number was the only thing missing from the club’s official announcement.
Football.London have now explained the absence, noting that Perisic is planning to wait for a period of time to see whether his preferred numbers – 14 and 44 – become available to him later this summer.
Both numbers in the Spurs squad are currently occupied, with defender Joe Rodon holding 14 and young striker Dane Scarlett having 44, but could be freed up with the pair being linked with moves away from the club.
Rodon has struggled for game time throughout his spell since joining from Swansea in 2020 and has been linked with a permanent exit (Football Insider).
Meanwhile, 18-year-old Scarlett is expected to depart on loan next season to continue his development, with Spurs hoping to send him to a side in the Championship (Football.London).
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Perisic may be in luck as he is likely to have at least one of his two preferred numbers available to him with the players currently using them expected to leave this summer.
But even if they don’t leave, he will have plenty of time to find a squad number he likes with the off-season still in its infancy.
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