Bookmakers slash odds on Ivan Perisic joining Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Bookmakers have slashed the odds on Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic joining Manchester United before the end of August.

La Gazzetta dello Sport have claimed that Jose Mourinho had launched a bid worth around €52m (£45.3m) for the Croatian winger.

Perisic, who would prefer joining Man United over Chelsea, followed up an impressive Euro 2016 by managing 11 goals and 10 assists over the 2016/17 season for Inter.

And Betfair, in response, have cut the odds on United completing a deal for Perisic from 4/7 to 1/4.

Inter have made it clear that they will not consider any offer below £45m when it comes to Perisic, and it seems as if Mourinho, after initially tabling a £35m offer, has ramped up efforts to secure the Croat’s signature.

This would be a transfer that benefits both parties involved. Inter, after all, need to balance the books and end FIFA’s Financial Fair Play restrictions against them if they are to reemerge as a force in the transfer market.

United, on the other hand, desperately require a more traditional, industrious influence out wide – somebody capable of reaching the byline and supplying pinpoint crosses – to serve as an alternative to the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Anthony Martial next season.

 

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