Ivan Perisic has asked Inter Milan for permission to move to Manchester United this summer, according to reports from Italy.
The Serie A side, who value Perisic at around €50m, initially rejected a £35m bid from Man United for the winger’s services.
And according to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport, Perisic has agreed personal terms with Man United and will see his wages double to £100,000 a week.
For a club that has, in the past, relied on the bombastic influence on swashbuckling wing play, the last few years have witness precious little of what you would call a ‘traditional’ wide man.
Anthony Martial offered it on occasion during his first campaign under Louis van Gaal; Antonio Valencia enjoyed a six month period of demolition on the right hand side back in 2012, but recent times – and last season especially – has seen United lose that dynamic thrust from out wide.
And Perisic, it seems, serves as Mourinho’s answer: the 29-year-old is a ceaseless worker, capable of weaving the ball into pockets of space but most comfortable when bombing for the byline and sending in pin-point crosses. His arrival at Old Trafford would, much to the joy of supporters, restore some much needed verve – rather than indecision – from the flanks next season.