Jose on Croatia’s World Cup star: “I don’t know why he didn’t come to Manchester when I wanted him”

Ivan Perisic Inter Milan

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has admitted his disappointment after the club failed to acquire the services of Croatia international Ivan Perisic last summer.

The Portuguese tactician had been keen on acquiring the winger’s signature last year but the move fell through after United came £10m short of Inter Milan’s valuation for the Croatian.

However, speaking to RT Sport, Mourinho appeared to hint differently by suggesting that it was rather the attacker than the Nerazzurri who turned down the proposed move.

Mourinho had expressed his admiration for Perisic over the course of the World Cup but this is perhaps the first time he has come publicly to state the reason behind the failed transfer.

Perisic netted his fourth goal of the tournament during the final on Sunday but his performance was not sufficient with Paul Pogba’s France winning by a 4-2 scoreline to acquire their second World Cup title.

Pogba enjoyed some of his best individual moments over the course of the tournament and his performance especially in the final was impressive where he grabbed a vital third goal to end Croatia’s comeback.

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