Manchester United target Ivan Perisic is close to agreeing a new contract with Inter Milan worth £96,000 a week, according to reports.
The Croat was one of Jose Mourinho‘s top targets at the start of the summer and was reportedly keen on moving to Old Trafford back in June.
However, the two clubs reached an impasse during negotiations, with Inter demanding no less than £45m – a fee Man United deem to be exorbitant.
And according to Transfer Market Web, Perisic has experienced a change of heart and will sign a new deal at the San Siro, earning €5.5m a year.
The real reasons behind why this transfer – declared to be a ‘matter of days’ away a few months ago – fell through remain unclear.
Did Luciano Spalletti convince him to stay? Did Perisic ever really want to leave? Perhaps he was simply adopting the classic trick, deployed by Sergio Ramos in 2015, of using United as a bargaining chip to force through an improved contract.
Another theory – the one I am most inclined to believe – is that Inter were demanding an amount United simply couldn’t pay. They have only made just under £10m from outgoings this summer through Adnan Januzaj‘s move to Real Sociedad, and with big sums being splashed on Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic already, perhaps lumping such a sum in Inter’s direction was just a step too far.