Thursday 14 November 2019

Manchester United target Ivan Perisic boards plane with Inter Milan for China trip

Ivan Perisic of FC Internazionale looks on during the FC Internazionale training session on July 13, 2017 in Reischach near Bruneck, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
Ivan Perisic of FC Internazionale looks on during the FC Internazionale training session on July 13, 2017 in Reischach near Bruneck, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)

Ivan Perisic is on his way to China to take part in Inter Milan’s pre-season tour, despite suggestions that the Croatian winger was keen to miss the trip to complete a move to Manchester United.

Perisic is reported to have told Inter that he wants to complete a move to Old Trafford, yet a fee has yet to be agreed for the winger who has been one of United manager Jose Mourinho’s top targets this summer.

While the two clubs are believed to be edging closer to agreement on a fee for the 28-year-old, Perisic’s hopes of sealing the transfer and not attending Inter’s pre-season tour appear to have been scuppered.

United have been struggling to sign some of Mourinho’s top transfer targets, with Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann turning down a move to Old Trafford, while Real Madrid refused to agree a fee that would have allowed Alvaro Morata to move to Manchester.

This latest delay in the Perisic deal may be viewed as a blow to United boss Mourinho, who would have bee hoping to have the player in his squad for the club’s US Tour, that will continue this weekend with a high profile friendly against local rivals Manchester City.

Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku are United’s two big-name signings so far this summer, with Mourinho confirming he is hoping to add two more star names to his squad in this transfer window.

“We don't have our door closed. We are not happy with just Lukaku and Lindelof. We need more,” said Mourinho earlier this month.

“We wanted four, so I could say 50 percent of the job is done, but I won't say that because it's so difficult. I wouldn't like to be in Ed Woodward's position, negotiating, because everything is really difficult.

“Maybe we don't get two, maybe we got one, but we need one to give us more options and balance. We have players in the squad that cannot play football for the next few months; players like Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young.”

Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic and Tottenham’s Eric Dier are among the leading targets believed to be on Mourinho’s wanted list, but it is the Perisic deal that he will hope to finalise first.

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