Manchester United have £35 million bid rejected for Croatian winger


Inter Milan have rejected a £35 million bid from Manchester United for Croatian winger Ivan Perisic according to reports. The Sun are suggesting the Serie A side are holding out for £50 million for the 28-year-old, which is a high fee for a player of his age. Saying that though, it is not my money and United will pay what they have to in order to get the players manager Jose Mourinho has requested this summer in a bid to turn his United side into Premier League contenders and a team capable of reaching the latter stages of the UEFA Champions League after getting into the competition seemingly through the back door by finishing sixth in the league last season, but winning the UEFA Europa League, reaching the group stages of the elite European competition.

Mourinho travelled to Zagreb in Croatia in March 2017, watching Perisic and seeing him as an ideal player to strengthen his side this coming season. Inter Milan need to meet financial fair play regulations before the end of June, needing £26 million by that time or they will face a penalty for breaching the regulations. The Italian side has recently been taken over by the Chinese, so will be deemed as ‘cash rich’ this summer, despite needing to meet FFP regulations. United are reported to have offered at least £20 million, seemingly trying to low-ball the Italian side who need the money, but it is thought that Inter feel they may get a fee closer to their asking price, which is suggested to be around the £50 million mark.

The Sun reported that Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are both interested in the Croatian winger, which could be something which has been said to make United hurry with their agreement on the inflated fee by the Italian side, which is a risk United need to take at this moment in time. There is a suggestion that Inter feels that Perisic has an agreement with United, meaning he may only want to move to the Old Trafford club, which could go against Inter’s plans to sell at the highest price possible, seeing them lower their demands as the month goes on. In a fortnight’s time, if the deal has not been concluded, the Italian side may grow cautious of them not meeting FFP, allowing the player to move for a lesser fee than they may have expected.

I am sure United have other targets, ones which Mourinho will see as players also able to fill the roles required this summer, so Inter risk United moving onto their next target, which could see them having to keep the player and risking the inability to match FFP regulations before the end of the month, which would see the club in a desperate position, one which they would deserve in trying to reach a fee deemed ‘too expensive’ for the player. It will be a game which Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward will have played time and time again, winning some and losing some. The next few weeks could see United start to add players to their squad with Perisic, Alvaro Morata and Victor Lindelof all rumoured to be additions this summer.

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