Inter Milan have achieved their FFP requirements by 30 June without needing to sell Ivan Perisic to Manchester United, according to widespread reports in Italy.
Man United have been locked in long negotiations with Inter over Perisic but couldn’t come to an agreement over price, with Inter refusing United’s €35m offer to hold out for €50m with United also refusing to budge. It was a stalemate with neither club prepared to move first.
Today, June 30, was D-Day as far as any move for Perisic was concerned because of Inter’s requirement to raise €30m in order to meet their deadline with FFP and they have managed to do so without selling Perisic. But how have they done so? Sport Witness have explained it in detail and Football Italia followed it up also with their explanation which sounds very similar.
Inter have managed to purchase Milan Skriniar from Sampdoria for €20m and included Gianlca Caprari in the deal, valued at €15m, but were able to register Skriniar as a signing for the 2017/18 season and Caprari as a sale for the 2016/17 season – meaning on the books this year, it goes down as a €15m profit. Half the money.
Football Italia then splits down the other €15m as follows: “By tomorrow, other sales will raise the full €30m, including Ever Banega to Sevilla for €9m, Federico Dimarco to FC Sion for €4m (with a buy-back clause), Senna Miangue to Cagliari for €3.5m (again with a buy-back clause), Fabio Eguelfi to Atalanta and and Andrew Gravillon to Benevento for €1.5m.”
Yes, I know, that is all extremely confusing but the bottom line here is that United’s hard stance on price in the negotiations over Perisic backed Inter into a corner. Either make up the €30m somehow or we get Perisic for less than you want to sell him for. In this situation, Inter prevailed and it very much looks like Perisic will stay at the Serie A side.
I’ll be honest, I’m pretty happy United took this stance. Had we not, other clubs would have milked us all summer in their negotiations and we’d have been taken for fools. Instead, we lost out on a player who I don’t consider as vital for our squad next season and we save face.
But it’s onto the next one for Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward. Jose wanted Perisic but the complications behind the deal led to its collapse. Now, who is the viable alternative?