President Wants Winger To Stay
Inter Milan president Erik Thohir has dealt a blow to Manchester United’s hopes of signing his side’s winger Ivan Perisic.
The Croatia international had a superb World Cup netting three times including goals in the semi-final win over England and Sunday’s 4-2 defeat to France in the World Cup Final.
Perisic has been linked once again with interest from Manchester United. But speaking in Indonesia, Thohir praised his performances in Russia and suggested that a move away from Inter wasn’t on the agenda.
“I am very happy with Perisic’s performances at the World Cup. I hope he can continue playing like that for Inter,” he said.
Perisic was close to a move to Old Trafford last summer. But United only got to within €10million of Inter’s asking price. They offered €45million (worth around £40million) against the Serie A side’s demand for €55million (£48million).
United boss Jose Mourinho was asked about Perisic by Russia Today. He said:
“He’s a different type of wing than others in his role; he is out of the ordinary.”
However, he added: “I do not know why he did not come to Manchester United. I wanted him.”
Inter face having to sell players in order to comply with Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations – hence the fresh rumours over a move to United. But coach Luciano Spalletti insisted last summer that he wanted Perisic at the San Siro – a situation that could repeat itself this time around.