Blasts from the past have the tendency to sting as few other matters do. Given the rapid movement in the present form of the game with regard to transfers, it has become common for even season old transfer sagas to pack some heavy punch when viewed in retrospect.
A lot can occur over a season, and often, a player admired during one campaign can be a poor acquisition the next.
This was best seen in Manchester United’s loan move for Radamel Falcao, a player whose speculation a season earlier than when he moved was that he would have made the Red Devils one of the more overpowered clubs in England.
Now, something similar may have occurred with regard to one pursuit of the Mancunian giants in 2017.
For much of that window, the saga of Ivan Perisic to Manchester United dominated headlines. The move was believed to be on the cusp of occurring before falling apart, with reports then stating that Inter’s valuation for the Croatian was too high.
However, a recent revelation is shocking as to exactly how high of an amount the Italian giants really wanted for the star winger.
As per the Evening Standard, United’s valuation for Perisic was a respectable £45 million, while Inter were holding out for a sum in the region of £48 million. However, Ed Woodward’s insistence on not paying the extra £3 million cost United the move.
The report goes on to add that Jose Mourinho was unhappy with Woodward’s dealings in the matter. What may have particularly peeved the gaffer is the scintillating manner in which Perisic led Croatia to the finals of the 2018 World Cup.
Further, Mourinho holds that if Perisic were to be a more commercial player, as in the case of Alexis Sanchez, whom the club made the highest-paid player in their roster in the winter, then Woodward wouldn’t have made the choice to not pay-up the excess amount.