Inter Milan and Croatia winger Ivan Perisic will opt for a move to Manchester United in spite of attracting interest from Chelsea, according to Sky Sports.
Gianluca Di Marzio recently confirmed that Jose Mourinho, who flew out to Croatia earlier in the season to discuss the deal, had tabled an offer worth €35 for the winger.
The Italian side will only accept offers within the region of €55 and €60m, and it was later confirmed by Sky that Antonio Conte had joined the race for Perisic’s signature as well.
But according to Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol, Perisic is set on a move to Old Trafford over Stamford Bridge.
Latest from Italy on Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic – Chelsea interested but he wants to move to Manchester United
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) May 28, 2017
There is clearly something at Man United that has caught Perisic’s eye. Mourinho has always placed emphasis on outlining the tenets of a new player’s role in incredible detail, making what he wants – and indeed doesn’t want – remarkably clear.
And the proposition made to Perisic is clearly an attractive one: he figures primarily on the left hand side, and the Special One may indeed see the 29-year-old as a more industrious, prolific alternative to Anthony Martial, somebody capable of militantly sticking to a game plan and maintaining the right kind of intensity over a long stretch of games.
The Croat’s aptitude for also serving as a forward-thinking central midfielder, as seen with his partnership with Geoffrey Kondogbia at times with Inter, serves as another route into this team. Mourinho has always valued versatility mixed with the right attitude, and with this in mind you can understand why Perisic could be his first signing of the summer window.