Official: Manchester United target Ivan Perisic signs new contract with Inter Milan

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United target Ivan Perisic has signed a new contract with Inter Milan that will keep him at the San Siro until 2022.

The Croat emerged as a primary target for Jose Mourinho – keen on securing a direct influence out wide – earlier in the summer, and the early signs suggested he was keen on completing a move to Old Trafford.

But negotiations ultimately broke down, with Inter demanding around £45m for the winger – a fee United deemed to be exorbitant.

And following over a month of negotiations, the Serie A side have finally tied up a new deal for the winger to put an emphatic end to any interest from United.

Various reports from Italy have claimed that the club has inserted a £64m “anti-United” clause to prevent Mourinho from making further enquiries in the January transfer window or next summer.

Negotiations with Inter dried up over a month ago after it became clear that Luciano Spaletti would only let Perisic leave if United paid the requested amount or sent Anthony Martial the other way on loan. To say they have been vehemently opposed to selling him would be a criminal understatement.

Either way, Perisic, you sense, could have stepped in to push the transfer through and his failure to do anything of the sort suggests he was never really committed to joining up with Mourinho.

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