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Ivan Perisic a closed subject for Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti

Manchester United have reportedly been after Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic for the majority of the summer, he was at one stage tipped to be the first signing of the summer, but now Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic have all beat the Croatian to the Theatre of Dreams and if Inter manager Luciano Spalletti is to be believed, United have lost out on securing a deal for the target who Mourinho wanted to fortify the wing of his Manchester United team.

Spalletti has suggested the deal is ‘closed’ and claimed he and his club would resist any attempts, especially from United for the Croatia international this summer. Reports have suggested that United manager Jose Mourinho is disappointed at not getting transfer targets over the line ahead of the club’s pre-season tour of the United States of America, but these things have been said every summer, even dating back to Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure as United manager, so unless there are quotes to back this up, I won’t believe it.

The Independent reported earlier in the summer that Mourinho wanted his business done before the pre-season tour after Paul Pogba arrived just before the start of the Premier League season a year ago, not settling into his side, missing the first league match due to suspension and being slated by the media for not setting the world alight in his first minute of play. Pre-season is important for players, it helps the team bond, get ready for the new season and helps the manager get the players adopting his tactics, which United have seemingly done this summer.

Mourinho wanted the pre-season period to help get his players settled and seem to think, according to reports, that delays have cost him in doing that. It may well have cost United Perisic as Spalletti seems adamant that he will not let the player leave the club so close to the start of the new Serie A season. Speaking only last week about Perisic’s future at the San Siro, Spalletti said:

“There was a contact a few weeks ago, then the negotiation stopped, so for me it is closed. The more days that pass, the more difficult it becomes for us to find a replacement of his calibre. I’ll strongly oppose his sale.”

Spalletti’s approach was much tougher as previously he had said that if the offer was good enough, he would let Perisic leave the club as long as a suitable replacement was available to the club. The Inter manager said:

“He’s an important player in the team and we’re counting on him to start the new season. Sure, there were rumours, but the status quo is that we want to keep Perisic. Having said that, if someone comes in with a very difficult offer to reject, then we’ll consider that. But, of course, we’ll need to find a valid alternative for Perisic as well.”

United may well have other plans this summer in regards to summer acquisitions, but judging by the words of Spalletti, Perisic may not be that signing. Things to have a habit of being played down when they are in actual still possibilities, so United may well get their man, but that many may also not be Perisic. United seem to have gone quiet again in the transfer market, which could result in some late business being made, possibly ahead of the UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid, maybe ahead of first Premier League fixture of the season on Sunday week against West Ham United at Old Trafford.

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