Tuesday 12 December 2017

Manchester United 'confident' of sealing a deal for their latest big money target

Internazionale are hopeful of getting £50m for Perisic. Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images
Internazionale are hopeful of getting £50m for Perisic. Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United are stepping up their efforts to finalise a deal for Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic, with Old Trafford officials ‘confident’ of sealing a deal for one of Jose Mourinho’s chief transfer targets.

Inter chiefs were reported to have set a deadline of June 30th for United to complete a deal to sign Perisic, with the Italian club looking to generate some funds as they looked to comply with Financial Fair Play rules.

However, that issue was resolved and new Inter boss Luciano Spalletti went on record to suggest he was expecting to start the Serie A season with Perisic in his plans, so long as he was committed to the club.

“I’m 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,” he stated.

“You keep talking about Perisic and his desire to leave but I need to listen to his own words first and then decide how to act.

“In any case, I will say this: we are Inter and we can choose to make different decisions to the ideas of the players.

“I hope to have him in the side, I am counting on it and I am positive in that sense.”

Despite those comments, it appears Inter are now opening the door for Perisic so long as they secure the £45m fee they have been demanding from United throughout this summer, amid suggestions that the player has made it clear that he wants to move to Manchester.

United chiefs have been reluctant to put that offer on the table, but a deal appears to be edging closer with the Premier League club hinting they are increasingly confident of signing Perisic.

Meanwhile, Tottenham are holding firm in their determination to hold on to midfielder Eric Dier, despite widespread reports that United are lining up a £50m bid for the England star.

While Dier is a decent player, the prospect of a player who may not be a first choice for Tottenham when they have a fully fit squad being valued so highly is further evidence of the crazy inflation currently affecting the European transfer market.

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