By Harry Sykes
Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic is the most likely player to sign for Man United next in the summer transfer window, according to a report.
Sky Sports’ transfer section regularly plugs its Football Whispers section, which claimed on Tuesday afternoon that one of Mourinho’s long-term summer targets is the most likely man to arrive at Old Trafford in the next three weeks.
This comes after a report in the Independent that said despite manager Jose Mourinho being locked in negotiations all summer, Inter Milan weren’t budging from their valuation of £48m.
They also claim that Perisic himself wants the move with a wideman seen as a priority at Manchester United after the deals for Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic.
Football Whispers checks out all the current transfer rumours in world football and calculates the likelihood of the deals going through.
It currently rates Perisic to United at a solid 4.1 (in a rating system where 5 is a certainty to happen) which puts him ahead of Diego Costa moving to Atletico Madrid (rated at 4.0).
Man United also occupy the top spot in the latest Whispers, with Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s move to Crystal Palace looking highly likely to go through soon with a rating on 4.9/5.
Football Insider verdict:
This will give Man United hope that the deal for Perisic could still be pushed through. With 11 goals and 11 assists from 36 games for Inter in Serie A last season, the 28-year-old would add to what is shaping up to a potent attacking lineup at Man United under Mourinho this season. Rumours are currently circulating about Gareth Bale making a sensational return to English football and Mourinho has already said that he’d fight for him if he wasn’t in Real Madrid’s plans. We’ll find out more tonight when Real are set to take on Man United in the Super Cup. If Bale isn’t included in the squad then the rumours might prove to be more substantial. As it is though, it’s highly unlikely that Bale will be lining up on the United flanks in the coming weeks. Far more likely, especially if Football Whispers has its info correct, is that Perisic will swap the blue stripes for the solid red of Old Trafford.
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