Thursday 21 March 2019

Perisic blow for Manchester United

Ivan Perisic. Photo: PA News
Ivan Perisic. Photo: PA News Sportsdesk

Long-term Manchester United transfer target Ivan Perisic has committed his future to Inter Milan by signing a new five-year contract.

The Croatia international, 28, was one of Jose Mourinho's key transfer targets this summer after an outstanding season in Serie A.

United were believed to have agreed personal terms with Perisic, but Inter were completely unmoving on his £48 million (€53m) asking price.

Meanwhile, Mourinho has bemoaned Premier League clubs voting to shut the window three weeks before the 2018-19 season starts.

United, along with neighbours Manchester City, were one of five Premier League clubs to vote against the proposal.

"As the head coach of Manchester United, obviously, I am in favour because I focus just on the training process.

"Day one, I want to have my squad, my players. I want to work and travel with them in pre-season. I don't want to be waiting for late decisions.

"But there is another perspective. When the decision is not uniform around Europe, we are opening an element of disadvantage for the English clubs," Mourinho said.

"I hope, I expect, my club to be strong enough and powerful enough that when the market closes for us, we can also close our doors but there are other clubs that will be at risk."

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