Manchester United agree on €52m deal for potential first summer signing

Manchester United have been linked with a move for Inter Milan midfielder Ivan Perisic for quite a while. The Italian outfit are keen on selling the midfielder, who has been one of the best players over the past 12 months, in order to comply with the Financial Fair Play regulations. After being taken over by rich Chinese owners, the club are keen to enter into a rapid expansion phase with the prospect of losing some of their key players. Perisic joined the San Siro outfit from Wolfsburg for a €20 million fee in 2015.

Last season, Perisic came up with 11 goals and 11 assists in just 36 league matches. Such incredible statistics did not help Inter in their objective of qualifying for the Champions League. Yet, those numbers have been causing substantial transfer interest from across Europe. Aside from Manchester United, it is also reported that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is very keen on the 28-year-old and wants to use his links in Italian football to sign the player ahead of the Red Devils.

Manchester United had made a €30 million bid last week, and it was rejected straight away by Inter Milan. Now, Calciomercato suggests that the club are keen on completing the deal ahead of Chelsea after having tabled a renewed €52 million fee. This represents a healthy profit for the Italian club, and it is understood that they have agreed to the offer. United may be allowed to talk with the player next week ahead of a potential move to Old Trafford.

Perisic has been one of the top transfer targets for Jose Mourinho so much so that the Portuguese was seen holding talks with the player’s representatives a few months ago.Perisic currently makes around €3 million per season. It is expected that his wages will jump to €5 million if he makes the switch to Old Trafford. While €52 million is a huge sum of money for a 28-year-old, United have the finances to make such a signing – especially after seeing a huge jump in the Premier League TV revenue for the 2016-17 season.

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