It appears that Manchester United have around 24 hours if they are to secure one of their main targets of the transfer window for a reasonable fee.
The name of Ivan Perisic has been bandied about the Manchester United transfer rumour mill since the window began. The Red Devils have been keen on acquiring the 28-year-old, with Inter Milan’s €50-60m valuation proving to be a barrier.
United were holding out for €30m, but according to The Telegraph’s James Ducker, they now just have one day in which to do so for the desired price.
Ducker states that the Serie A outfit have by the end of Friday to break even, or face punishment from Uefa’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules to the tune of €7m. Inter are said to be in the red by €30m, offering United the perfect opportunity for their ideal outcome.
However, Inter are said to be confident of raising the shortfall by selling other members of the squad.
Ever Banega’s departure to Sevilla has been confirmed for €9m, with the Italian side looking to offload the likes of Gianluca Caprari, raising €13m, and one of Jonathan Biabiany, George Puscas or Andrea Ranocchia to make up the remainder. The price tag on Perisic would then revert to the original fifty-plus million.
The Croatian winger has also been linked with rivals Liverpool, although United’s transfer priorities perhaps lie elsewhere on the pitch.
It is therefore unlikely that Jose Mourinho and co. will attempt to push through a deal on such short notice, given the availability of current players like Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.