Perisic Is Manchester United Transfer Target
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has flown to Zagreb to keep tabs on Croatia midfield star Ivan Perisic.
Croatia take on Ukraine in a World Cup qualifier later this evening and The Sun claims that Mourinho will be in the Maksimir Stadium to run the rule over the Inter Milan midfielder. The United boss was spotted leaving the Hotel Esplanade in the centre of Zagreb this morning.
However, there is a problem – Perisic won’t play this evening. He picked up a red card in Croatia’s 2-0 home win over Iceland in November and has been suspended for tonight’s match.
It is being suggested that United are further on with a possible move for Perisic than just scouting the player and that Mourinho is having talks over personal terms ahead of a summer transfer. Perisic is valued by Inter at €35-40million (£30-35million).
Reports from Croatia claim Mourinho will be watching Perisic’s club and international team-mate Marcelo Brozovic. The 24-year-old has been linked in the past with Arsenal and is also a transfer target for Chelsea. Brozovic has a €50million (£43.5million) release clause in his contract with Inter. He is likely to play tonight.
United were linked last month with Perisic. At the time, former Croatia international Dario Simic told Vecernji he wouldn’t be surprised to see Perisic at Old Trafford.
“I certainly see him at United,” said Simic who added that he was surprised Perisic didn’t leave Inter during the January transfer window.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are also interested.
According to The Sun, the key to the deal is agent Predrag Mijatovic. The 48-year-old former Yugoslavia international worked as director of football at Real Madrid between 2006 and 2009. On leaving the Bernabeu he began to work as an agent and has been the go-between in a number of transfers in the Balkan states.