Inter Milan have inserted a £64m release clause in Ivan Perisic’s new contract in an attempt to emphatically end Manchester United’s pursuit of the winger, according to reports.
But Inter proved to be intractable in negotiations, demanding an exorbitant sum of around £45m, which United wouldn’t pay, and ultimately handed the 29-year-old an improved contract.
And according to Italian media outlet Tuttosport, Inter have inserted an “anti-United” £64m release clause to fend off United once and for all.
The Serie A side are simply adding insult to injury here. Negotiations with Inter over Perisic came to an end over a month ago after it became clear that an impasse had arisen between the two clubs: United were unwilling to pay the sum proposed by Inter and the Italian side weren’t prepared to go any lower – unless Anthony Martial went the other way, which is even more insulting.
Mourinho will be disappointed to have not seen a winger arrive but won’t be disheartened. The likes of Marcus Rashford and Martial have made scintillating starts to the campaign and another winger, alongside Antoine Griezmann, will be on the top of the 54-year-old’s list of priorities next summer.