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Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti explains why he could sell Ivan Perisic

by Leo Nieboer

Newly appointed Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti has explained why he would not stand in the way of Ivan Perisic moving to Manchester United, noting that the re-building job at the San Siro is by no means contingent one one player.

Jose Mourinho, after having a £35m bid rejected for the Croat, has reportedly raised the figure closer to Inter’s asking price of €55m. 

Recent reports have suggested that personal terms between Man United and Perisic have been agreed, with the only obstacle now being whether the two clubs can settle on a mutually acceptable figure.

And Spalletti, when asked about the move, accepted that he will have little power over seeing the 29-year-old leave this summer.

“Let’s get one thing clear – Inter have not won something for a long time so we need to change,” he said.

“A single player doesn’t determine whether we are going to win a trophy, a team should not be working that way.

“All players must contribute to his team-mates qualities, each player must become useful and that’s what counts.”

The demise of Inter as a worldwide presence over the last few years has gone largely unnoticed; they have finished sixth, ninth, fifth, eighth and fourth respectively since the days of Mourinho and then Rafa Benitez, and have, in turn, lost a number of important players.

A part of me laments the demise of a once grandiose establishment that understood winning in the old, imperturbable Italian way, and Spalletti’s appointment only appears to send them further away from those days. Nobody can blame Perisic, who can only have four or five years left at the top, for wanting to challenge himself in the Premier League instead.

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