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Ivan Perisic closer to leaving Inter Milan with showdown talks planned – reports

Manchester United could be closer to actually securing summer target Ivan Perisic after Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti refused to rule an exit from the club for the Croatian winger stating; “I have to understand his intentions.” This could be a suggestion that the manager knows his player may want to leave the San Siro club this summer after being chased by United for the past five to six weeks. Spalletti held a press conference after Inter’s 2-1 victory over Austrian side WSG Wattens on Sunday where he spoke about meeting with Perisic to find out what he wants to do, which is reportedly wanting to leave the club and head to the Theatre of Dreams. Speaking to Sky Italia and reported by Football Italia, Spalletti said:

“I will speak to everyone and clearly for those who are ‘distracted’ there will be different words. I will listen to him, I have no doubts: I am counting on him, but we’ll have to understand his intentions. It would not be nice for me to hear him say words like: ‘I want to leave.’ We’ll see.

“You keep talking about Perisic and his desire to leave, but first I need to listen to his own words and then we’ll decide how to act. In any case, I will say this: we are Inter and we can opt to make different decisions compared to ideas of the players. I hope to have him in the side, I am counting on it and I am positive in that sense.”

The reports are still being written that United manager Jose Mourinho has not admitted defeat in trying to lure the Croatian winger to Old Trafford this summer, joining Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku, whose transfer is expected to be complete at some point over the next day or so. Perisic seems to want to leave Inter, so the reports say and join Mourinho, who was linked with the player as early as March with the Portuguese manager flying out to Croatia during the international break, presumably to personally scout the player, which was denied at the time, as expected. Since then, reports have heated linking the player to Old Trafford, which could still be the final outcome this summer.

Calciomercato.com have reported that their sources close to Inter Milan have stated a €50 million fee for the player is close to being met with United’s last offer being €45 million. Suning, the major shareholder of the club may have to start to think what they will do if United up their offer slightly. Do they keep calling for their valuation to be met, seeing United walk away from a possible deal, leaving them with an unhappy player, of do they try and find the middle ground, concluding a deal as soon as possible so United can get the player into their pre-season plans and Inter can sort out a replacement and get him into their plans. It does seem that the move is getting closer if these reports are to be believed.

The mere fact that Spalletti and Perisic will be meeting to find out what the player wants to do will be the main thing that either scuppers the move entirely or even makes it even more possible. Inter Milan will not play European football this coming season, United will play in the UEFA Champions League, a competition the player has not played in for a number of years. That could be a selling point for the player to head to the Premier League club, which could see Inter having to sanction a sale. Perisic was purchased by Inter for €16 million from VfL Wolfsburg just under two years ago. Nearly tripling that initial fee would be a great return for the player, although still somewhat expensive based on Perisic’s age, but United can afford it.

Gianluca Di Marzio has reported that Perisic has already agreed a deal with Manchester United this summer, which some may suggest is tapping up, but a fee between the two club’s needs to be met. Inter are asking €50 million, £44 million for the 28-year-old and if United meet that fee, the player will move to Old Trafford. That is how easy the deal is to be concluded, but it remains to be said whether United will meet the asking price with Sunday’s reports suggesting the two clubs are just €5 million apart.

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