According to reports in Italy, Manchester United are in talks with Inter Milan about the potential transfer of Croatian forward Ivan Perisic.
Although Inter Milan are guaranteed to finish no higher than seventh in Serie A, Persic has enjoyed a fine season, scoring 10 goals and registering 6 assists in 35 appearances.
The 28-year-old is under contract at San Siro until 2020, but Inter Milan owners are planning to revamp their squad this summer, and are willing to part ways with Persic for a price which is rumoured to be £39m plus bonuses.
There is no denying that a host of clubs are after him, with PSG reportedly considering a swap deal with Inter to see Angel Di Maria go the other way. Another report suggests that the Italian club could use the money from Persic to fund the signings of James Rodriguez from Real Madrid, along with Sassuolo forward Domenico Berardi.
However, Sky Sports understands that the former Wolfsburg man has his heart set on a move to Old Trafford, and both the parties are keen on getting the deal done this summer.
United manager Jose Mourinho is said to be a huge fan of the player, and is desperate to bring him to England. The Portuguese reportedly travelled to Croatia during the last International break in March to hold talks with Perisic’s agent, Predrag Mijatovic.
The Montenegrin was a sporting director at Real Madrid during Mourinho’s spell at the Bernabeu, and the Special One is banking on Mijatovic to get the deal over the line.
The Portuguese tactician recently spoke to Sky Sports at the Monaco Grand Prix on Saturday, and revealed that club’s executive Ed Woodward is in charge of negotiating deals this summer.
Written by Pragadeesh Shanmugam
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