Manchester United make Ivan Perisic breakthrough with club confident £48m deal will be completed imminently

A deal is expected to be concluded in the next few days for the 28-year-old Croatian international

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Manchester United have made a breakthrough in negotiations with Internazionale in the pursuit of Ivan Perisic and are now closer to agreeing a final fee for the winger.

A deal is expected to be concluded in the next few days for the 28-year-old Croatian international, and will likely come to £48m.

Personal terms had already been agreed with Perisic, although Inter had been completely unmoving on the size of the fee.

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The Italian club will look to sign Lazio's Keita Balde as a replacement, and have already made progress on that purchase.

United manager Jose Mourinho sees Perisic as a key signing for the completion of his side, both for his defensive work and different attacking contribution in terms of crosses - a quality United have lacked.

United remain interested in a defensive midfielder with Mourinho informing the club to do a deal for either Chelsea's Nemanja Matic or Eric Dier of Tottenham.

Mourinho had hoped to get the majority of his business before the club's pre-season tour of the United States but hitherto, ahead of Perisic's arrival, has only got deals for Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku over the line.

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