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Ivan Perisic preparing for life at Manchester United – reports

Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic is preparing for life at Manchester United this summer according to The Mirror. United have not yet agreed on a fee for the player with his club but the Manchester Evening News have suggested it would only be a matter of time before that was the case. Perisic is believed to be interested in working with United manager Jose Mourinho and the fact United are in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League next season only drives the interest for the Croatian even more with Inter being absent from the competition for the last four years. Perisic, however, is content with life in Milan but sees this as his chance to play in England after previously playing in France, Belgium, Germany and now Italy.

Inter have until the end of the month to raise £26 million in order to meet Financial Fair Play regulations, so selling a player is a must for them. The San Siro club have recently appointed Luciano Spalletti as their new manager and he will want to make tweaks to his squad ahead of the new season in a bid to return the Milan club to the top with the likes of Juventus and Napoli being the top clubs in the Serie A at this moment in time. Perisic is a hard worker, which is something Mourinho has seen and wants in his squad at United next season. United have some great players at the club already, but in terms of quality replacements, that is where United have struggled, especially in the Premier League last season.

The 28-year-old Croatian winger will give United and Mourinho a more direct option going forward, especially in the final third. Perisic is a player comfortable on the ball and under pressure and the fact he runs down the byline and is dangerous when swinging in a low ball or a delightful cross, it will be beneficial to United next season, possibly with Alvaro Morata linking up with the Croatian, which would give United a decent attacking line next season, especially if you add the likes of Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Anthony Martial and even Juan Mata to the lost of attacking players, even Paul Pogba who could find himself being unleashed so he can play to his strengths, which will make his critics eat their words.

Inter manager Spalletti refused to get drawn on the speculation surrounding his winger. It is probably the best thing to do at the end of the day. Managers who give too much away during this time of the year could end up regretting saying anything. Stating that you will not give any update on the rumours surrounding players does not commit you to anything and neither does it give journalists any information, so they will continue the speculation the best way they know how to, usually by jumping to conclusions. The Mirror reported Spalletti as saying:

“I’ll avoid answering on Icardi and Perisic for now. There are strong players at Inter but they have to get into the team mechanism. It must be the team that works. I want all the players who are able to donate something to their team-mates with their quality.”

I am sure Mourinho has another target in mind if he is unsuccessful in his pursuit of Perisic but the fact the club have not ended interest in the player like they did with Antoine Griezmann earlier in the summer, that would suggest that the Old Trafford club still thinks a deal is possible for the Croatian. As Inter need to meet Financial Fair Play regulations by the end of the month, as the days and weeks progress, the longer any deal may take the club may become desperate to conduct business in order to avoid being sanctioned for breaking the financial regulations. I think there is a very good chance of Mourinho signing Perisic this summer, nothing may be imminent, but things can chance quickly, especially at this time of the year. United will want players in before pre-season if they can and I am sure Inter Milan would not want to wait until closer to deadline day before replacing any players who may leave the club this summer.

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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