Following the announcement of Ivan Perisic’s contract extension, Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti has explained how he managed to keep the winger, amidst unrelenting interest from Man Utd.
The new Inter boss is a tactician on the pitch as well as a brilliant ‘manager’ of the club, as he is always on the same line as his club’s board. This has given him influence over every club he has been a part of – a great influence that he exercised during Perisic’s transfer negotiations with United.
During an exclusive interview with calciomercato.com pundit Fabrizio Romano, Spalletti revealed the crucial role he played in keeping hold of the Croatian winger, who was Jose Mourinho’s long-term transfer target.
It was revealed that Spalletti held a secret meeting with the Inter board before the summer transfer window began. In that meeting, the former Roma boss suggested that Domenico Berardi should not be a priority for his side this summer, though the club higher-ups were keen on bringing the youngster to Milan.
Spalletti told his employers that keeping Perisic should be given the biggest priority, and made his desire to keep the talented frontman at the Meazza clear. In the end, the Italian giants concurred with the 58-year-old, and maintained a strong resolve throughout the whole saga.
Eventually, the Red Devils failed to meet the Nerazzurri’s asking price of €55 million, which led to a breakdown of the negotiations. And now, the Croatian international has signed a 5-year contract extension, putting an end to Mourinho’s plans.
Though the Premier League giants were expected to make another attempt at luring the versatile winger in January, his contract extension has now made that impossible. The 28-year-old has committed his future to the Serie A outfit till 2022, materialising the intentions of his club’s manager.
Written by Ashish Sreejith
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