Inter Milan director Piero Ausilio has confirmed that Manchester United have expressed an interest in winger Ivan Perisic but are yet to make an official offer.
It was recently reported that Jose Mourinho, who had flown to Croatia earlier in the season to discuss the deal, had offered €35m for the Croat.
The Serie A side, however, will only accept a bid ranging from €55m to €60m; Antonio Conte is reportedly keen on the 29-year-old as well.
But Ausilio, when asked about the rumours, noted that there was concrete interest but, as of yet, no official figure presented by Man United.
“[United] haven’t made us an official offer for Perisic but their interest is there,” he said.
“We want to improve Inter and this is why we do not have any sellable or un-sellable players as of now.
“We know that we already have many important players within our roster like Perisic and before we decide to sell him, we have to think about what’s best for Inter.
“For me we have an as good squad or maybe even a better squad than most of the teams who finished ahead of us.
“We don’t need all that much, we will certainly make some moves but we will first have to see what our new coach will want.”
You can sense in Ausilio’s tone that, while Perisic is something of a prized asset at the San Siro, the club will have little power over preventing his departure if Mourinho does table a big offer in the next few weeks.
A final decision over his transfer will most likely be taken once Inter appoint yet another manager following the sacking of Stefano Pioli after just 27 games.
The once dominant kings of Europe have, in less than 12 months, gone through three managers since sacking Roberto Mancini, and Perisic – with 10 goals and 10 assists last season – may well be tempted by not just Champions League football but also the stability engendered by Mourinho since taking over at Old Trafford.