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Manchester United are reportedly poised to step up their interest in Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic again this week.
According to Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror, Perisic is the final player manager Jose Mourinho wants to add to his squad this summer, having already signed Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku.
“[Ed] Woodward has reopened talks with the Croatia international’s agent, Fali Ramadani, in a bid to resurrect a transfer that seemed dead when Inter coach Luciano Spalletti insisted that the 28-year-old was staying,” Mullock said. “United have had two bids for the player rejected, but it is believed that Woodward is now close to meeting the Serie A giants’ £48 million asking price.”
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Mullock also reported that Barcelona may provide surprise competition to United for the winger if they miss out on top target Philippe Coutinho.
United’s interest in Perisic has been longstanding this summer, as Mullock noted, with Mourinho keen to add some more thrust to his side in the wide positions. As Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News relayed, Mourinho suggested to Premium Sport that Inter had done enough to keep their man:
Samuel Luckhurst @samuelluckhurst
Mourinho to Premium Sport on Perisic: ‘They [Inter] put up a good defence to keep someone who’s an important player for them.’ #mufc
But it would be a surprise if United had given up on a target who is clearly on their summer wishlist, especially given they’ve landed three other major targets.
Perisic isn’t the most flamboyant wide player around, though he’d bring something different to the United attack. The Croatian has pace, power and is proficient with either foot. His work rate and aggression are perfectly suited to English football too.
Inter have proved to be staunch in their stance on the player, though, and at this late stage of the transfer window, it would be a surprise if they were to budge from that standpoint.
Spurs, Inter Milan Bid for Anthony Martial
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According to Mohamed Bouhafsi of RMC Sport, both Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan have had bids rejected for Manchester United forward Anthony Martial.
Bouhafsi provided the different details of each offer via social media on Saturday:
Mohamed Bouhafsi @mohamedbouhafsi
@RMCsport @ManUtd #MUFC have also rejected a loan offer with an option to buy for #Martial from Inter Milan.
Martial arrived at United in the summer of 2015, becoming the most expensive teenager in the history of the game when he signed for an initial £36 million. After a brilliant debut campaign, he did not feature consistently under Mourinho last term.
Still, it would be a massive surprise if the Red Devils opted to move the 21-year-old on after one disappointing season. Writer Daniel Harris doesn’t believe there is any chance of United cashing in on their No. 11:
Daniel Harris @DanielHarris
The idea that any club could think Martial is gettable, dearie me.
The France international is a special talent. He’s a natural with the ball at his feet, able to coast past opposition defenders and burst into dangerous areas. In his first year at Old Trafford, he also showcased exceptional composure in front of goal.
The interest shown by some clubs in the youngster is understandable after his poor second season at United. But Martial has all the attributes needed to be a star at Old Trafford for years to come and, as a result, will not be going anywhere in this transfer window.