Manchester United are pushing ahead with a move for Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic and Bookmakers firmly believe he will be at Old Trafford next season.
The 28-year-old has been the subject of a couple of failed bids already this summer, but United are not giving up.
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It is understood that £45million is the figure that could get the deal done and United are getting near to that.
Perisic was superb form Inter last season, scoring 11 goals and also having ten assists in his 36 games – and it is this form that clearly has convinced Jose Mourinho to push his bosses to get a deal done.
Bookmakers are siding with United to land him and PaddyPower rate them 3/10 to land him with the chances of him staying at Inter at 11/8.
PaddyPower Spokesman Lee Price told us: “We make it better than Ivan money that Perisic goes to United.
“There’s no one else close in the betting, so Mourinho is probably counting his Peri-Perisic chickens already.”
We also spoke to UnitedEnd Editor Tom McDermott about the prospect of Perisic arriving.
“I guess United fans will find out soon enough if there’s a genuine chance of Perisic arriving or not. Mourinho would like his signings to join him on the tour of the US (where United are currently) and Inter are due to fly to China for their tour next Tuesday, so you’d imagine that if it was to be done it will be done so before then,” he told us.
“In terms of what he’ll bring, well, his ability in the attacking third is matched by his ability to track and do the defensive side of the game which is probably just as appealing to Mourinho who requires his players to understand his tactical demands at both ends of the pitch.”