Ivan Perisic saga
Manchester United’s pursuit of Inter Milan isn’t over. It’s simply on ice. The Red Devils were chasing the Croatian winger for much of the summer but couldn’t agree on a transfer fee with the Serie A side.
Instead of moving to Old Trafford, Perisic stayed at the San Siro and put pen to paper on a new five-year deal.
At the time, there were reports of an anti-United clause. This clause wasn’t actually a clause at all, it was simply what journalists were calling the absence of a release clause in Perisic’s deal.
However, a release clause will kick in next summer, Gazzetta dello Sport report. Inter wanted Perisic to stick around for the first season of Luciano Spalletti’s reign so got him to agree to hold off on a release clause.
Next summer, interested clubs will be able to trigger Perisic’s release clause for €60m. Considering his blistering start to the season, there’s a high chance that at least one club will fork out that sum.
Perisic has scored three goals in seven Serie A appearances this season. He’s also provided a couple of assists during Inter’s impressive opening. The Nerazzurri are joint-second in Serie A thanks to six wins and a draw.
One issue that United might have next summer is Perisic’s age. The Croatian will then be 29-years-old and won’t fit the profile of a United signing. Especially with the impressive form of Rashford and Martial.
Other United business
Despite the aforementioned form of their attackers, United are still eyeing up potential recruits for the coming transfer windows. One target is Arsenal star Mesut Ozil, who is interested in linking up with Jose Mourinho again.
Another potential addition comes in the form of Napoli hitman Dries Mertens. The Belgian is in the form of his life with eight goals in seven games and could compliment compatriot Romelu Lukaku up front.