Inter Sporting director Piero Ausilio has revealed in a recent interview the main reasons for his side rejecting the approach from Manchester United for left-winger Ivan Perisic.
Manchester United had pursued Perisic throughout the summer transfer window and the Red Devils were said to be very serious about luring the Croatian international to Old Trafford, with the club reportedly prepared to pay as high as £45million to acquire his services.
Evidently, the move didn’t go through though despite the huge offer on the table as Inter refused every single approach for Perisic.
Now in a recent interview, Inter Sporting director Piero Ausilio has confirmed that the main reason for his side rejecting lucrative offers from United for the 28-year-old star is that, the player was considered to be too important to have been sold.
Ausilio told Sport Mediaset, “Nobody denies that this offer from Manchester United arrived, but we and [Luciano] Spalletti wanted him to be a key player for us.
“We were convinced that our project could be just as successful as the one the English club were offering. Ivan never asked to leave and his new contract is the logical consequence of that. There was no need to insert any kind of release clause in it.”
Following the failed Perisic pursuit, the Red Devils finished the window without signing any new player capable of playing in the wide left position and manager Jose Mourinnho now seems to have rested his faith upon the likes of Marcos Rashford and Anthony Martial, both of whom have impressed so far the season.
Considering the start Rashford and Martial have had so far, United might no longer need to pursue Perisic but if they are still interested in the winger, they now might need to pay in excess of €80million after he signed a new contract with Inter recently.