Manchester United are still a few million short of Internazionale’s asking price for Croatian winger Ivan Perisic, but those close to the deal expect it to be completed for a fee of around £45m to £50m over the next week.
The 28-year-old has already agreed personal terms with the Old Trafford club but - in something that has become a theme of the summer for United and all of the other top Premier League clubs when looking to buy from foreign sides - Inter have so far proved unmoving on their star player’s asking price.
United sources feel a deal will eventually be struck, however, and that the English club are likely to match Inter’s demands - possibly over the next few days.
New Inter boss Luciano Spalletti, who took over last month, has been publicly hopeful of keeping Perisic and told La Gazzetta dello Sport that the player hasn’t yet told him he wants to leave.
“There'll be fewer chances for those players who are distracted, and better opportunities for those who want to stick with Inter,” Spalletti said.
“Perisic is an important player for us, we're counting on him. Let's see what he has to say, I don't expect him to say that he wants to leave, that would be bad. We'll see what his intentions are.
"But it's just you [the media] who are telling me he wants to go, he's not said anything to me. But we are Inter and so we can decide to do whatever we want.”
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