Ivan Perisic to reject new Inter deal to force Manchester United move?

Manchester United target Ivan Perisic is reportedly prepared to reject Inter Milan’s new contract offer in order to leave the club for Manchester United this summer. The Mirror are today reporting that the player will be offered a new contract keeping him at the San Siro club until 2021 which would up his weekly wage from £68,000 a week to £85,000 per week. New Inter coach Luciano Spalletti is keen to keep the Croatian winger at the club. Perisic scored 11 goals for the Italian club last season, assisting a further eight goals. The Croatian’s current contract would see him with three more years at the club, which puts Inter in a strong position to demand an acceptable fee for the player, which seems to be what they are currently doing.

Reports first surfaced about a month ago which had then shown that the pursuit of Perisic was something United were doing with reports dating back to March when United manager Jose Mourinho was seen in Croatia presumably scouting the player himself. At the time a big deal was made with many rejecting the chance of Perisic coming to United, which seems to be the opposite to what the Old Trafford club are doing. On Monday, a report suggested that United were ready to move onto a new target, Fiorentina’s 23-year-old winger Federico Bernardeschi with a £40 million fee being reported, £10 million short of the figure Inter are demanding for Perisic. With Financial Fair Play regulations needing to be met, Inter do have a few days left in order to conclude a deal.

Perisic, a 28-year-old winger does not seem to want to extend his contract with the San Siro club, seemingly having his head turned by the interest of Manchester United, who will be participating in the UEFA Champions League next season with Inter Milan finishing seventh in the Serie A last season and missing out on European football completely, with AC Milan finishing a point better off, earning a place in the UEFA Europa League, albeit in the third qualifying round of the tournament. Playing in the Champions League will be a big enticement for the Croatian whose club has not played in the Champions League since the 2011/12 season, two seasons after winning the competition under Mourinho, the same season Perisic player in the competition with Borussia Dortmund.

Inter seem to be determined to hold onto their star player this summer with coach Spaletti insisting that the Croatian is not for sale. The FFP regulations which need to be met by Friday are an important part of the deal though as the club will need to ensure they have €30 million (£26 million) to meet the regulations set back in 2015, which if broken could result in further penalties being held against the Italian fallen giants. With this in mind, United seem to be in a strong position as the days go by but Inter think they are still in the driving seat with United seeking to get major transfer business conducted before the team head off to the United States of America a week on Sunday. We now wait to see what develops over the next few days as desperation will begin to set in.

Reports in Italy by Gazzetta dello Sport seem to suggest a new sponsorship with Chinese company Suning will generate €20 million with the club needing to find a further €10 million to meet the FFP regulations before the end of the week. The report which has been carried by also suggests a board meeting will take place today (Tuesday 27th June 2017) to discuss budgets for the forthcoming season, which could mean that United may well have been beaten in their pursuit of Perisic, or at least they may need to meet the Italian clubs valuation of the player, or get close enough to broker a deal for the player. Failing that, United will need to move onto a new target in order to have the players in the squad for pre-season.

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