Martial Bid Rejected By Manchester United
Manchester United have reopened talks with Inter Milan over the Croatia international winger Ivan Perisic.
United have seen bids of €30million (£27million) and €40million (£36million) rejected for the 28-year-old. Inter are holding out for €55million (£49.5million). However, it is thought that the Serie A club will reduce their asking price to €50million (£45million).
United boss Ed Woodward has gone back to Inter with a revised offer and with the Italians having lowered their valuation the hope is that a deal can be done. Perisic is Jose Mourinho’s fourth and final transfer target of the summer.
Inter are hoping that Perisic will sign a new contract with them and are willing to increase his current wage of €3.5million. As was reported on Saturday, he could earn double that amount at Manchester United.
But United could face competition for Perisic’s signature from Barcelona. A number of outlets in Italy and Spain claim the Catalan side are eyeing up a bid of their own.
Barca are being linked with a number of players in the wake of Neymar’s departure from the Nou Camp last week. Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool, Ousmane Dembele of Borussia Dortmund and Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City are on their watchlist.
Inter have previously demanded €50million plus the loan of Anthony Martial in exchange for Perisic. Jose Mourinho has stood firm in his view that the French striker is going nowhere.
Monte Carlo radio station RMC claims Tottenham Hotspur have lodged a concrete bid for Martial. That’s being denied by Spurs although there is interest from the north London club.
Tottenham were close to a deal of their own for Martial in the summer of 2015 when the striker was at Monaco. That was until United came in with a bid of €50million (at the time worth £38million).
Martial has scored 15 goals in 56 Premier League games for United during his two seasons at the club. But he has fallen down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho and he started just 18 league games in 2016-17. However, he remains very much part of Mourinho’s future plans.