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Manchester United in ‘advanced talks’ for Inter Milan and Croatian winger Ivan Perisic – reports

Manchester United are reportedly in advanced talks for Croatia and Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic. The 29-year-old was long linked with a move to United last summer but the player ended up signing a new contract at the club and embarking on their pre-season tour. This summer, Mourinho end up signing the winger. Perisic played against England in the semi-final of the FIFA World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium on Moscow on Wednesday evening, winning 2-1 in extra time and sending England into a third-place play-off against Belgium with Croatian playing France in the final.

In the match against England, Perisic scored the equaliser in the 68th minute, after England went 1-0 up through a magnificent Kieran Trippier free-kick in the fifth minute of the match. In extra time, with Croatia seeming a way to make the final of the tournament, Perisic assisted for Mario Mandzukic in the 109th minute, breaking England’s hearts and making the final, to be played at the same stadium, against France on Sunday. Perisic has plenty of class and ability and if reports are true, could be a great signing for the club.

The rumour has been carried by The Sun, with the initial reports coming from Paris United, carried by Get French Football. The reports stated that United are in advanced talks with the Croatian’s representatives which could see Anthony Martial being linked with an exit from the Old Trafford club this summer, despite the player looking happy in training during the past two days. It is also stated that both Fali Ramadani and Pini Zahavi are expected to travel shortly ‘to further negotiations for the player’.

Mourinho has made no secret about his admiration for Perisic both recently or a year ago. Last summer, it was widely anticipated that United would sign Perisic and every newspaper was reporting on the story after Mourinho flew to Croatia to watch the national team play. After Croatia beat England on Wednesday evening, Mourinho was full of praise for the player that he has seemingly been in pursuit of for the past 12 months. The United manager said:

“Perisic is the kind of winger that is different to the others. Normally you look at wingers and they are just fast and creative but he is also physical, very physical, fantastic in the air.”

Last summer, United thought they were close to signing the player for £40 million, with many supporters of the club moaning, what is new, about the potential deal. Perisic has shown, both for Inter Milan and Croatia, just how good he is and would be a great player in Mourinho’s team, as he looks to assemble a side capable of taking on Manchester City, who ran riot in the Premier League last season, winning the title with a 19-point cushion over United. However, it was reported that Inter Milan asked for closer to £50 million for Perisic and the deal halted.

Back in September 2017, Perisic signed a new five-year contract with the Italian club, which seemingly paid the end of United pursuit of the player, until now with these reports, despite not actually being from a source considered all that credible, putting it out there. It is obviously a period where the smallest rumour can be turned into something believable, but also something that materialises into nothing, so we need to be wary of that. However, if true, this could be the start of Mourinho and United recommencing the clubs rebuild this summer.

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