Manchester United target Ivan Perisic will turn down an improved contract from Inter Milan in order to force through a move to Old Trafford, according to reports from Italy.
The two clubs spent last month locked in negotiations over Perisic, with the Serie A side refusing to budge on their €55m valuation of the Croat and Man United insisting on shelling out €30m – the sum Inter theoretically needed to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.
But the Italians have managed to satisfy to financial demands without selling Perisic and have reportedly offered the 29-year-old an improved deal to keep him at the San Siro.
However Perisic, according to Premium Sport, will reject any new deal in an attempt to force through a move to United in the coming weeks.
The Croat is really doing all he can to get out of the San Siro – a gloomy, almost eerie place whenever the formerly great Nerazzurri play there. He even played in a beach volleyball competition, much to the anger of his bosses, and this is by no means the first report hinting at him rejecting improved terms from manager Luciano Spalletti.
United should know by now that Inter are proving obtuse – intractable, even – over Perisic and will, you sense, need to shell out the full sum if they are to sign him this summer.