Inter Milan are holding firm on their asking price of €50m for winger Ivan Perisic as Manchester United, in turn, attempt to take advantage of Financial Fair Play in order to sign the Croat for around €30m, according to reports.
Personal terms have been agreed with the 29-year-old winger, who wants to leave the San Siro, but Man United are refusing to meet the exorbitant price set by the Serie A side.
Ed Woodward and Co are wary of Inter’s need to pay €26m to meet Financial Fair Play targets by July 1 and will reportedly meet with the Nerazzurri this week to push the deal through.
And according to Calcio Mercato, Mourinho will have to table the full amount for Perisic or walk away from the deal completely.
We are witnessing here an interesting blinking contest between two clubs keen on gaining a financial victory over the other. The strange thing, however, is that both clubs need this deal to happen: Inter need the money to not just meet FFP regulations but also to fund their transfer policy this summer, and Mourinho needs a more traditional kind of winger at Old Trafford next season.
Something has to give. Supporters will watch on closely to see who blinks first.