Manchester United forced to wait on Ivan Perisic deal until Inter Milan appoint new manager

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United have made contact with Inter Milan regarding a potential move for winger Ivan Perisic but will have to wait for the club to appoint a new manager before a final decision can be reached.

La Gazzetta dello Sport recently claimed that Man United, after having a €45m bid rejected, had launched another bid worth €52m (£45.3m) in order to secure the Croat’s services.

Perisic, who would prefer a move to Old Trafford over Chelsea, claimed 11 goals and 10 assists during the 2016/17 campaign.

BBC’s Simon Stone has confirmed that a final decision over the 29-year-old’s future will be made once new Inter manager Luciano Spalletti formally begins work at the San Siro next week.

Perisic has been an indispensable asset for an ailing Inter side over the last two years, making 79 appearances since arriving in August 2015, but Spalletti may have his hands tied by the time he takes over as boss. For a club currently inundated by FIFA Financial Fair Play restrictions, an offer of €52m may be too good to refuse.

More importantly, however, the Croat – an effervescent force at Euro 2016 and immediately comfortable in Serie A – deserves, and indeed needs, a step up to the Premier League this summer.

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