Manchester United still pursuing Ivan Perisic transfer as Jose Mourinho insists on wideman

The Croatian midfielder remains a target but Inter's valuation remains way north of United's

Ed Malyon@eaamalyon
Thursday 22 June 2017 12:23
Manchester United hope to complete a deal for Ivan Perisic by the end of the month
Manchester United hope to complete a deal for Ivan Perisic by the end of the month

Manchester United remain keen on midfielder Ivan Perisic, but insist that Inter must drop their demands of a £50m fee.

The Croatian international is a key part of Jose Mourinho's summer recruitment plan, with the Portuguese coach desperate to sign a hard-working, defensively-conscious wide midfielder who can also chip in with goals.

United had considered Bernardo Silva for that role, but ended up letting him go to cross-town rivals City as they focused their efforts on securing the 28-year-old Perisic.

Inter want £50m for the Croatian wideman, an asking price that United absolutely will not meet. The Italian giants believe they have some leverage as Mourinho wishes to conclude his major business by July, but the Serie A club are also looking to raise funds as they bid to meet Financial Fair Play requirements by the end of this month.

Both clubs are working to these deadlines, and if Inter can't raise funds by next week then they may be forced to ditch their asking price for the former Wolfsburg and Dortmund midfielder.

Personal terms will not be a problem, with Perisic desperate to make the move to Old Trafford, and the player is known to be sitting firm, waiting for the two clubs to hammer out a deal that will bring him to the Premier League.

Mourinho remains on holiday, having left the business of securing his desired targets in the hands of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

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