Mourinho Still Wants Croatian Duo, Despite The United Board Refusing To Sign Them Last Summer

Croatia's Ivan Perisic celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates.

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Jose Mourinho is desperate to bring big names to Old Trafford in January, and the names in the list of targets are never-ending.

If reports from the Mirror are true, then two players from Croatia are what Mourinho considers top priority at the moment. The Portuguese is all set to demand from Ed Woodward that either Ante Rebic or Ivan Perisic comes to the the club this season.

Both players were potential targets for Manchester United in the summer, but their rising prices after Croatia’s stellar World Cup run denied any deal from happening.

It is said that Jose was left frustrated with Woodward for not pushing hard for the transfers for happen, allowing Rebic to stay at Frankfurt, and Perisic at Inter Milan.


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The last time Perisic was approached by the Manchester club, his price was said to be £48m. Rebic, meanwhile, is assumed to be around the £40m mark.

Both the players were part of Croatia’s recent draw against England in the UEFA Nations League, and have been playing an influential role for both clubs and country in recent times.

Manchester United are in desperate need of goals and in-form forwards, as they aim to chase an all but finished title challenge. Mourinho continues to face the prospect of a sacking, and digging deep into Ed’s pockets might be the only way out.

The fans at Old Trafford are desperate to see their team rise back to the top, be feared by oppositions, and have players giving their all for the badge. If either of these names does arrive, it could do the confidence and hope wonders.