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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.

Ivan Perisic a closed subject for Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti

Manchester United have reportedly been after Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic for the majority of the summer, he was at one stage tipped to be the first signing of the summer, but now Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic have all beat the Croatian to the Theatre of Dreams and if Inter manager Luciano Spalletti is to be believed, United have lost out on securing a deal for the target who Mourinho wanted to fortify the wing of his Manchester United team.

Spalletti has suggested the deal is ‘closed’ and claimed he and his club would resist any attempts, especially from United for the Croatia international this summer. Reports have suggested that United manager Jose Mourinho is disappointed at not getting transfer targets over the line ahead of the club’s pre-season tour of the United States of America, but these things have been said every summer, even dating back to Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure as United manager, so unless there are quotes to back this up, I won’t believe it.

The Independent reported earlier in the summer that Mourinho wanted his business done before the pre-season tour after Paul Pogba arrived just before the start of the Premier League season a year ago, not settling into his side, missing the first league match due to suspension and being slated by the media for not setting the world alight in his first minute of play. Pre-season is important for players, it helps the team bond, get ready for the new season and helps the manager get the players adopting his tactics, which United have seemingly done this summer.

Mourinho wanted the pre-season period to help get his players settled and seem to think, according to reports, that delays have cost him in doing that. It may well have cost United Perisic as Spalletti seems adamant that he will not let the player leave the club so close to the start of the new Serie A season. Speaking only last week about Perisic’s future at the San Siro, Spalletti said:

“There was a contact a few weeks ago, then the negotiation stopped, so for me it is closed. The more days that pass, the more difficult it becomes for us to find a replacement of his calibre. I’ll strongly oppose his sale.”

Spalletti’s approach was much tougher as previously he had said that if the offer was good enough, he would let Perisic leave the club as long as a suitable replacement was available to the club. The Inter manager said:

“He’s an important player in the team and we’re counting on him to start the new season. Sure, there were rumours, but the status quo is that we want to keep Perisic. Having said that, if someone comes in with a very difficult offer to reject, then we’ll consider that. But, of course, we’ll need to find a valid alternative for Perisic as well.”

United may well have other plans this summer in regards to summer acquisitions, but judging by the words of Spalletti, Perisic may not be that signing. Things to have a habit of being played down when they are in actual still possibilities, so United may well get their man, but that many may also not be Perisic. United seem to have gone quiet again in the transfer market, which could result in some late business being made, possibly ahead of the UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid, maybe ahead of first Premier League fixture of the season on Sunday week against West Ham United at Old Trafford.

Ivan Perisic pursuit off according to Luciano Spalletti

Manchester United have been linked with Inter Milan’s Croatian winger Ivan Perisic for months now. The move was tipped to happen, then it didn’t happen. It was on. It was off, which is where it seemingly stands right now. It was reported earlier in the day that Inter manager Luciano Spalletti has ‘admitted defeat’ in the Perisic saga meaning that he will not be held against his will at the San Siro if he really wanted to leave. It seemed that it was only a case of time before the Croatian winger would arrive at Old Trafford ahead of the new season, but those reports were short-lived. The Mirror reported on Friday afternoon that Spalletti had given the green light for Perisic to leave the club, saying:

“I know him well, everyone knows him. For me, the talk is always the same when it comes to him. He’s strong, he’s a player I want to keep with me, but then we must consider the opinion of the club and the player. We want to keep him, but a lot of considerations have to be made. I can’t say for sure if he is going to stay or not.”

There were also reports that Inter would demand Anthony Martial be included in the possible deal, on a loan spell for the entirety of the 2017/18 season, which would be a poor deal for United. Martial would play a lot of matches in Italy but he would still play at United and with strengthening the position Perisic plays in, which is similar to that of Martial, who can also play as a striker, the squad would be weakened at the same time, which would be a stupid deal. Martial intends to remain at United this coming season, previously ruling out an exit from the Theatre of Dreams, which would also scupper this deal. The Mirror reported:

“Inter Milan want Anthony Martial in exchange for Ivan Perisic. The Italian giants want a loan deal plus cash with Manchester United struggling to meet their £45million valuation of their Croatian winger.”

In another report on Friday, this time in the evening, The Mirror had reported that the chase for Ivan Perisic was off, as stated by Spalletti as United had not followed up their interest in the player, which now looks like the media have been reporting about the transfer with no actual information of that being the case. Spalletti stated that there was no chance of a move being completed if United had not even contacted the San Siro club for Perisic. The Inter manager said:

“Until now, there hasn’t been any important contact. There was something you already know about at the beginning of the window [but] there was no follow-up and so, for me, the topic is over. It’s true as time goes by, it becomes more and more difficult to replace him with another player. I will strongly oppose the sale of Perisic if an offer comes.”

United must be up to something in the transfer market if Perisic, who was not for sale, left for China on the club’s pre-season tour and is now seemingly available, or at least was if United followed up their interest and made an offer for the player. There are reports linking United to Gareth Bale, but that is not something I believe but the media will be banging on that drum for the foreseeable future as it will increase their hit rate for articles, which in turn will increase their revenue, all from pushing reports which are based on supposition, possibly not actual facts. I am sure we will start to see some developments in the coming days. If you follow Twitter, this week was supposed to be a big one for the clubs recruitment this summer, another week which has come and gone.

Manchester United targeting Swedish winger as alternative option to Ivan Perisic?

Manchester United seem to be trying to sort out their summer recruitment plan despite there being more than a fortnight since Romelu Lukaku signed for the Old Trafford club in a £75 million switch from Everton. Ivan Perisic, Inter Milan’s Croatian winger has been linked with Jose Mourinho’s United side since March, but recently the likelihood of that more transpiring seems is uncertain with United still retaining an interest but the Milan club sticking to their guns by wanting their valuation, around £48 million, being met. There were also reports that the Italian club would want Anthony Martial as part of the deal, which would be a bad deal for Mourinho and United. It would seem that seeking a replacement to sign instead of Perisic is now on the cards.

Red Bull Leipzig winger Emil Forsberg seems to be the latest name linked to Manchester United by the media with suggestions that the Old Trafford club are preparing a €50 million (£44.6 million) bid for the Swedish winger, something which seems to come from Italian reports, Calcio Mercato to be exact. Now how would an Italian media outlet have information on Manchester United preparing a bid for a Swedish player who currently plays in the Bundesliga in Germany? That astounds me too. If it was Gianluca Di Marzio, it may be credible, but right now I am less than convinced. Forsberg at 25 is a better option than Perisic based on his age, being at least three years his junior, but I think Perisic, being the first choice for Mourinho would be the preferred option.

Perisic seems to have everything Mourinho is looking for in a player, able to run at speed, beat his man and cross into the striker, even cut in and score himself. Anthony Martial offers this on the left-wing too, but if Mourinho changes his formation to incorporate two strikers this season, the Frenchman could very well change positions, also play as a stand in for the left-wing with United having many different options for different formations as I am sure the manager will not utilise the same formation and the same players throughout the season as that will show United as being predictable. United need to hand surprises to their opposition from time to time, the formation and personnel being that surprise.

During the 2015/16 season, Leipzig came second in the Bundesliga 2, earning promotion into the Bundesliga. That season Forsberg scored eight goals in 33 appearances. In their first season in the German top flight, Leipzig finished second, just five points behind eventual champions Bayern Munich, which is an achievement and one of the reasons the German club will not sell their best player, especially with Liverpool looking to sign Naby Keïta. Next season could be another good one for the side, who will play in the UEFA Champions League from the group stage, something the club and their manager will want to keep their players for. Last season Forsberg scored eight goals in 31 appearances, keeping that consistency from the Bundesliga 2 the previous season.

Leipzig director Ralf Rangnick has suggested none of the club’s top players will leave this summer, which is something we have all heard before, but you could understand why the club will want to keep the same squad heading into the new season. Speaking to German magazine Bild in June, Rangnick said:

“We’re not thinking about selling our best players this summer. There’s no red line for us. We will keep our team and improve it in several positions.”

Forsberg’s agent, Hasan Cetinkaya, has also had his say, suggesting that ‘it might be time’ for the former Malmö winger to test himself at one of the bigger clubs. Rangnick commented on Forsberg’s agent’s comments, saying:

“Those are Christmas wishes in the summer. We have twice already adjusted the contract of Emil.”

Based on the fact Forsberg has only just been reported as a United target this summer, this makes me suspicious. It could well be true, but with the comments from Rangnick, it may be more wasted time for United, who have around 36 days before the summer transfer window closes on the 31st August 2017 at 23:00 BST. Could this be something to make Inter Milan think about their price and other demands for Perisic? There has to be a reason why these reports have materialised today. Is it just the click-bait media working their hardest to keep click-bait articles coming thick and fast? There are plenty of opportunities available to the mind. Trying to make Inter see that there are other players United could sign is a good reason though.

Inter manager Luciano Spalletti has told the media, reported by Sky Sports, that the club intends to keep Perisic but he also suggests that if a team came in with a good offer and the club had a replacement lined up, they would think about the offer. Now to me, this seems to be the club trying to tempt United into returning to the table for the player again. Perhaps United’s interest has cooled and the unsaleable Perisic is very much sellable and the club is looking to make that happen, keeping their demands seemingly on the table, with United sticking to their guns, hopefully. Spalletti said:

“Sure there are rumours but we want to keep Perisic. He’s a very important player for the team. We are counting on him to start the new season. But if somebody comes in with a very difficult offer to reject then we will consider that, but of course, we need to find a valid alternative for Perisic as well.”

Things will certainly reach a conclusion at some point. Manchester United are due to play Barcelona in their final match in the International Champions Cup, also their final match of the United States of America leg in their pre-season tour so will be heading back to Manchester after the match, probably back in the United Kingdom at some point on Thursday. United will have a few days before heading out to Oslo, Norway where they will face Valerenga on Sunday, before heading to Dublin, Ireland next week to face Sampdoria, which will mark the end of pre-season with United then readying themselves for the UEFA Super Cup clash with Real Madrid, a team they beat on penalties in the USA. By then, hopefully, we should see some more transfer action.

Manchester United can have Ivan Perisic if they make serious bid – Luciano Spalletti

Manchester United have been told that they can sign Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic this summer if they make a serious bid for the Croatian international. The Sun has reported the comments made by Inter manager Luciano Spalletti suggesting that he will not stand in the way of the player should he want to leave for the Old Trafford club but United will have to pay the going rate for him. Inter Milan do not want to sell Perisic and they do not really need to sell him and all said and done, if United want the player, they will need to stump up the cash for him and look fools for posturing over a move for nearly two months now, seemingly failing to land the Croatian winger who Jose Mourinho highly rates and wants to add to his squad ahead of the new season.

Rumours have suggested that Inter asked for Anthony Martial as part of the deal, but the same story seems to have reared its head for other rumours, specifically the Marco Verratti link to United after he switched his agent to Mino Raiola, which to the media suggested he was Old Trafford bound. There was a story earlier on Sunday suggesting that United have switched attention to another player because Paris Saint-Germain wanted Martial and cash to allow Verratti to leave the French club this summer. There have been other stories related to Martial and I think the media are stirring to get United supporters back’s up and moan, which proliferated the rumour and ensures more people read the articles, which brings in revenue during the ‘silly season’.

It is reported that Inter Milan will demand £48 million for Perisic this summer, which for a 28-year-old is a lot of money, but looking from Inter’s point of view, they have no reason to sell so do not need to, so it is only fair they charge a premium for the player as they will need to replace him, which may or may not be easy for them. United have bag loads of cash and despite the supporters being part of the revenue stream it does not mean they have a say in what amount is paid for who. I don’t care about the money spent in all honesty, it is much better being used to buy players than sitting in the clubs cash reserves with the Glazers tempted to cash in on something or other and that money being used for something else unrelated to the club.

United seemed to be reluctant to pay more than £40 million for Perisic, but to land their target, a target they have been looking at since at least March, it would be pretty silly to walk away from the player, someone who Mourinho wanted to add to his squad this coming season, which could even see Martial turned back into a striker, a position he has played well in during the first pre-season match against LA Galaxy, which could well see United play a two striker formation during the upcoming season having Perisic, his experience, and ability on the left flank next season. United manager Jose Mourinho has suggested that a third signing will be, pushed in the coming days, weeks or even a month or so, he did want four players this summer, landing two already.

Inter manager Luciano Spalletti spoke in a recent press conference about Perisic, saying: “He is a fantastic player and if his future is totally up to me, I will definitely keep him. However, if an offer comes and the club are satisfied with the money, which will be used to invest in and strengthen the team, he could leave.” United have so far signed central defender Victor Lindelof for £30.7 million from Benfica and Romelu Lukaku from Everton for £75 million plus add-ons, which could take the final fee to £90 million. Mourinho has had a lot to say recently about the transfer market, which could have been a veiled message to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who has so far not appeared on the club pre-season tour of the United States of America.

Manchester United edging closer to signing Croatian winger…

Manchester United are edging closer on a transfer for Ivan Perisic according to The Mirror. The report suggests that the fee would be £44 million, which is considerably less than the reported fee Inter Milan have demanded over recent weeks, which is something to remain skeptical of. A few days ago it was reported that Perisic left Inter’s training camp to return to Croatia to see his dentist, which was one of those ‘is he heading to Old Trafford moments’ based on the absurdity of the excuse, which was in fact correct. Inter will fly to China on Tuesday as part of their pre-season tour in which they will participate in the International Champions Cup and United will want to secure Perisic before he disappears with his club.

United are reported to have offered the Italian side £39.5 million for the player plus an additional £4.5 million in add-ons, equating to a £44 million fee for the player, which may still be short of Inter’s valuation of their player. Inter are reluctant to lose Perisic, their best player, and who could blame them, especially in a time where rivals AC Milan are strengthening. The report suggests that United hope Inter will find the offer too good to turn down, accepting it so the player can remain in Italy before departing for Manchester, then possibly onto Los Angeles where he could meet up with his new teammates ahead of the Manchester derby with Manchester City, or possibly before the clashes with Real Madrid and Barcelona, so that the player gets to experience some matches.

Reports surfaced on Monday which suggested the Nerazzurri are looking at Lazio star Keita Balde as a replacement for Perisic, and if true it should see the club allow the player to leave for United, which is said to be something the Croatian wants. United manager Jose Mourinho is an admirer of the player and had travelled to Croatia in March to watch the player during the international break, which is where the rumours first surfaced. Over the past few days, there had been reports that Inter had agreed on a fee with United for Perisic but there was also a fake rumours attributed to ESPN, albeit from a fake account on social media, which is where that speculation could come from. It may be true at this point in time, we shall soon see.

Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti recently appeared to suggest there was something going on with the player after he gave a quote, which begged more questions than it actually answered. Spalletti and Perisic were said to be meeting some weeks ago to see if the player wanted to remain in Italy or move to pastured new. Nothing has been suggested as to what happened in that meeting, but if this develops into the player actually heading to Manchester, it will be obvious what was said in that meeting. Spalletti, speaking to SportItalia, said:

“Perisic? You [journalists] know everything, it’s all out in the open.”

Make of that what you will. There is something going on with United’s transfer business. Mourinho is not happy with just Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku this summer with more players targeted. Nemanja Matic is thought to still be a target for Mourinho, but there are reports with the player seemingly on the move to Juventus. Eric Dier seems to be a target too with United reportedly tempting Tottenham Hotspur with a £60 million take it or leave it offer, which may or may not happen. There is also talk of Fabinho, albeit from the club’s supporters who seem to be obsessed with the Brazilian midfielder, but nothing to suggest United are making a move for the talented AS Monaco player.

Manchester United offer for Ivan Perisic not being taken into consideration

Manchester United have been linked to Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic for a number of months now with deals seemingly being close, yet nothing seems to develop. For weeks now there has been much posturing between the Old Trafford and San Siro club’s but United just do not seem to be getting anywhere, which could suggest United are no longer interested in the player, moving onto another target, or that United are licking their wounds in order to try and get to a point whereby a deal could be struck for the player, giving him some time in the club’s pre-season schedule ahead of the new Premier League season – which does not look all that likely based on the news coming out of Inter Milan on Thursday.

Inter’s sporting director Piero Ausilio has insisted that Perisic is not going to leave the club this summer, which could be the intention of the club, retaining their star player, or a way of trying to milk United for all they will stump up for the Croatian winger, which could well be the case. United manager Jose Mourinho is keen to add Perisic to his list of summer additions, but it would seem the Nerazzurri just will not take the Old Trafford club’s bids for the player into consideration. United, if this is the stance from the Serie A club, will need to look at secondary targets for the wing position this summer which may bring a much better result for Mourinho and United. Speaking to Sky Italia, Ausilio said:

“We haven’t taken anything they [Manchester United] have offered.”

It was suggested that Perisic was training on his own this summer in an attempt to force through a move to the Old Trafford club but this too has been dismissed by Ausilio. It was reported earlier in the week that United had a £39 million rejected with the Italian club seeking £48 million for the player. However, it seems that the fallen Italian giants are outright refusing to sell Perisic this summer, opting to keep him as part of the club’s redevelopment in a bid to challenge the likes of AC Milan, Juventus and Napoli to return to their former position as one of the best clubs in Europe. Perisic was one of Inter’s best players last season and was signed in 2015 from VfL Wolfsburg for around £15 million. You cannot blame them for wanting to keep their best player.

United now need to get over this setback in their summer signing spree in order to strengthen areas of the squad ahead of the coming season, where Mourinho will be expected to assemble a squad capable of fighting on all four fronts, especially in the UEFA Champions League and even launch a Premier League title challenge for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson graced the touchline. Mourinho seems to have a lot of work to do, but with a comprehensive list of targets in various positions, United will have other options – that is if they are not already doing that, allowing the media pursuit of Perisic to continue, signing a different player instead, which is what happened with Alvaro Morata, United signing former Evertonian Romelu Lukaku instead.

Manchester United match Inter Milan’s asking price for Ivan Perisic

Manchester United have matched Inter Milan’s valuation for Croatian winger Ivan Perisic according to reports in Italy. BeIN Sport reporter Tancredi Palmeri has suggested that United will match the €50 million valuation (£44.3 million) for Perisic, also adding €5 million (£4.4 million) in add-ons, meaning a total transfer amount of €55 million, which for a 28-year-old is steep, but most transfer this summer already have been steep. Even Swansea City was £50 million for Gylfi Sigurdsson. United manager Jose Mourinho has been after Perisic all summer to fortify his wing positions, an area United saw reduced even more with the departure of Memphis Depay in the January transfer window.

The fact that Perisic, a player who normally plays on the left-wing, can also play on the right-wing or even behind a striker, has suggested that Anthony Martial could once again leave the Old Trafford club. The rumours have been here before and will no doubt return again. I’m not sure why Mourinho would strengthen an area only to weaken it again with another departure. That just does not make much sense. With the reports of Inter’s valuation supposedly being met, it is not yet sure of the Italian club will still do business with United who have been in pursuit of Perisic since before the end of last season, which shows how much Mourinho wants the player to strengthen his side ahead of a season where he will be expected to make his team compete in the Premier League.

United announced the £75 million signing of Romelu Lukaku on Monday evening, which saw reports leak to the press on Thursday morning with the fee and an apparent agreement being suggested, which were played down by Everton, then a day later it was reported that Chelsea, the team Lukaku was expected to sign for, had matched the fee. On Saturday morning, United announced they had agreed a fee with Everton for the player, subject to a medical and personal terms, which were all agreed and the player trained for the first time with his teammates on Monday, ahead of the first pre-season match against LA Galaxy on Saturday evening in Los Angeles, the early hours of Sunday morning in the United Kingdom.

Mourinho has seemingly gone big this summer in signing Victor Lindelof to strengthen the defence, Lukaku to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic and if this move happens, Perisic to add some speed, creativity and some successful crosses from the wing giving United another option with width, something they missed out on last season with Memphis on the decline and Martial just not settling during his second season. Former Liverpool player Stan Collymore and now football pundit put a tweet out on Twitter earlier on Monday evening suggesting that he spoke to ‘one of the biggest football agent’ and he was told that United were still in the market for some more marquee name this summer, which suggests the spending will continue post-Sir Alex Ferguson.

United have been linked to James Rodriguez for much of the summer with Manchester United the only team he would leave Real Madrid for, despite Bayern Munich currently being in discussion for the Colombian. United also seem to be linked to Neymar, which is probably nothing, like it was during the past few years. There are seemingly other players on United’s radar, according to Collymore at least, which could be a wind up as far as I know. One thing is for sure, the next few weeks will be telling as whoever Mourinho wants to bring in this summer will need to play a part in pre-season with five matches being played in the United States of America, one in Norway and another in Dublin before the UEFA Super Cup in Macedonia.

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.

Inter Milan reject £39.5 million bid for Ivan Perisic – demanding £48 million

Depending on which transfer stories you believe, Ivan Perisic either is or is not on his way to Manchester United this summer. There are reports in the media over the last 14 hours to suggest that Inter Milan have rejected United’s latest bid for the Croatian winger, a £39.5 million bid, an increase on the initial £36 million bid, which has been reported by Sky Italia, reported in the United Kingdom by Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol. It is also suggested by Sky Italia, via Solhekol that Inter are holding out for £48 million for Perisic, which for a 28-year-old is a massive transfer fee, just over half a Paul Pogba. Solhekol later tweeted asking what Inter Milan were smoking, which was pretty funny, the replies were pretty lame, though.

The newspapers seem to report things a little differently though. The rumour section of The Mirror has suggested that United will make a renewed bid for Perisic, also stating that Inter will demand £48 million for the player, but in another report The Sun newspaper suggest that Perisic could well be on his way to Old Trafford this summer with Inter Milan looking to sign Fiorentina midfielder Borja Valero, which has also been reported by Sky Italia. If Inter were signing a player to replace Perisic, surely that would be better being done after the Croatian left the club, not whilst the club are demanding a very high fee for the player? Of course, this news may be positive with Inter now dealing with an unsettled player, which may lead them to admit defeat in this saga.

I am sure United and Jose Mourinho will not be happy spending £48 million in a player who is considerably older than the rest of the Manchester United squad. It would hardly be the best deal of the summer, despite Perisic being the type of player Jose Mourinho is clearly looking to sign. It has been reported that Perisic has or will reject a new contract offer from Inter and that he has instructed his representatives to secure a move to Old Trafford this summer, which makes it sound like the player does not want to remain in Serie A or at Inter Milan this coming season. Manchester United’s history, playing in the Premier League and more importantly the clubs participation in the UEFA Champions League could be the major factors behind the player wishes.

The Sun also report that United are growing increasingly confident of luring the Croatian to the Theatre of Dreams this summer in a cut-price deal, but reports from much more credible sources, Sky Italia, seem to suggest this opinion that the newspaper have put out there is written to cater for what the readers want to read, not actually informing what is actually going on. Most journalists reports are based on the option of the writer, not what is actually happening and if you don’t actually look at the facts before basing your opinion, your opinion is not going to be based on fact, more fallacy. Whilst United may remain confident of luring the player for a cut-price deal, I just don’t see that happening with the £48 million demands coming from the San Siro.

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