Croatian Is Alternative To International Team-Mate Perisic
Manchester United are looking at Croatia international winger Ante Rebic as an alternative to Willian.
United have been linked over the past twelve months with a move for Chelsea winger Willian, but their interest has faded in the wake of three unsuccessful bids for the 29-year-old from Barcelona. The La Liga side’s most recent bid was for £65million which has just been turned down by Chelsea.
The Independent claims today that United boss Jose Mourinho is anxious to bring in a wide player but that Ivan Perisic’s fee has rocketed following an impressive World Cup for Croatia. United failed last summer with a move for the Inter Milan winger as the two sides fell €10million apart in their valuations: Inter’s €55milliion against United’s €45million.
The Independent claims Inter are demanding £80million for Perisic. That isn’t true. As Football Gossip reported last week Inter are unwilling to entertain any kind of bid for the 29-year-old who remains a key part of coach Luciano Spalletti’s plans.
United could now turn to Rebic. The Eintracht Frankfurt winger only joined the Bundesliga side on a permanent basis at the end of June. That was after he spent a year on loan from Fiorentina. Frankfurt exercised an option of just €2million (£1.8million) to sign Rebic.
Reports last week claimed United could bid as much as €50million (£44million) for the 24-year-old. That sounds unlikely. But United will face competition for Rebic’s signature from Bayern Munich. The Bundesliga champions are monitoring his situation and could make a move of their own if Frankfurt decide they are open to offers.
Manchester United are also keen on a move for Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale. Much depends on the Wales international, but his beef with Madrid was over a lack of game time lasy season under former coach Zinedine Zidane. The appointment of Julen Lopetegui and the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo have put a completely different slant on his situation and he looks set to stay at the Bernabeu.