Manchester United’s chances of signing Ivan Perisic in the future have been dealt a significant blow after he inked a fresh long-term deal with Inter Milan.
Jose Mourinho had identified Perisic as his prime target for the summer transfer window, but United failed to negotiate a deal with the Nerazzurri, who stayed firm on their £49m valuation.
The Nerazzurri have now announced that the Croatian has committed his future to the club on a new five-year deal to keep him at San Siro until 2022.
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The Croatia international put in 197 crosses in the Serie A last term, which was more than any other player in the Premier League. He has started the new campaign in fine fashion with a goal and three assists for the Nerazzurri, and he looks set to play a key part for the club in the future following his recent extension.
Perisic would have undoubtedly added an extra dimension to Mourinho’s attack, but the Portuguese is nevertheless content with the options at his disposal. The likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have impressed on the left side of the attack this term, while Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have slotted in the opposite direction.