Wednesday 18 October 2017

United aim to seal £44m Perisic switch

United are expected to pay an initial £39.5m for Perisic with the fee rising to £44m with add-ons. Photo: GETTY
United are expected to pay an initial £39.5m for Perisic with the fee rising to £44m with add-ons. Photo: GETTY

James Ducker

Ivan Perisic hopes to be omitted from Inter Milan's tour party as Manchester United scramble to wrap up a £44m (€50m) deal for the unsettled Croatia winger before the Italian side fly to China today.

United are expected to pay an initial £39.5m for Perisic with the fee rising to £44m with add-ons. Inter are close to signing Senegal forward Keita Balde from Lazio as a replacement for Perisic, who cut a glum, detached figure on a picture with Inter's squad last week as he pushes hard to secure a transfer to Old Trafford.

Perisic posted and subsequently deleted a message on his Instagram yesterday with a praying emoji next to a plane taking off, a thinly-veiled reference to his hopes of skipping Inter's flight.

Negotiations

Ed Woodward, United's executive vice-chairman, is still in London as he oversees negotiations. United face Manchester City in Houston on Friday and United manager Jose Mourinho wants Perisic in as soon as possible and also hopes to sign a defensive midfielder, with Chelsea's Nemanja Matic a target.

Tottenham have been playing hard ball over Eric Dier and Roma are reluctant to sell Radja Nainggolan. Perisic would become United's third summer signing after Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku and take their spending to almost £165m (€188m).

Mourinho has hinted at continuing interest in Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata and also mentioned the name of Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, unprompted on Sunday.

Although Wayne Rooney ended his 13-year stay at United when he re-signed for boyhood club Everton last week, an offer remains on the table for the England striker to become a United ambassador once he retires from playing.

Woodward, who is close to Rooney, remains keen for that to happen, despite the 31-year-old's return to Goodison. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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