Saturday 25 January 2020

As a deadline approaches, will Manchester United agree to pay Inter Milan's asking price for Ivan Perisic?

Ivan Perisic finally appears to be on his way to Manchester United
Ivan Perisic finally appears to be on his way to Manchester United
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

The date of June 30th always seemed crucial in Manchester United's pursuit of Inter Milan's Croatian winger Ivan Perisic.

With Inter's need to inject some money into their kitty in a bid to comply with UEFA's financial fair play rules, they were keen to sell Perisic to United for €50m and solve their cashflow problems in one deal and needed to do it all before the start of July.

New Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti has hinted that he would like to keep Perisic in his squad and is reported to have urged bosses of his new club to halt any move to United, but the player appeared to be keen to make the switch to Manchester.

Having met United boss Jose Mourinho in Croatia back in March, the prospect of moving to England clearly appealed and yet we may be rapidly approaching the point of no return in this deal.

If United do not finalise a move for Perisic by the close of business on Friday, the expectation is that the club will halt some of their own transfer spending and stick with the bulk of their current squad for the upcoming season.

That would see Perisic resume his key role in their line-up as Spalletti looks to breath fresh life into a club that has struggled to move out first gear in recent months.

With Inter insisting their price for Perisic is non-negotiable at €50m and United seemingly unwilling to pay more than the €35m they have been offered, Mourinho may have to start considering alternative options as he looks to bolster his wide positions.

In a summer when United have so far only managed to sign Benfica defender Victor Lindelof, Mourinho may be set to return to his desk at the club's Carrington training ground next week without the signings he would have hoped would have been in place by now.

Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann turned down an offer from United, Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata remains a target on their radar, while Tottenham's Eric Dier appears to be a player that will not be signing and now Mourinho may be forced to dip down his list of targets to his second and third choice options.

Mourinho also looks likely to have to evaluate where club record scorer Wayne Rooney will fit into his squad, after the veteran striker returned to the club's Carrington HQ ahead of schedule after potential moves to Everton and America's MLS failed to materialise.    

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