Inter Milan have finally told Manchester United that Ivan Perisic is not for sale and claimed he is discussing a new contract.
Perisic has been a target for Jose Mourinho and United all summer and with Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku all secured the Portuguese boss has been desperate to tie up his fourth summer target.
It’s been ureported that the transfer fee has been the sticking point all, but now the Serie A club say the 28-year-old Croatia winger is not for sale.
Inter Milan’s sporting director Piero Ausilio has rubbished speculation surrounding Perisic and Antonio Candreva, who has been linked to Chelsea.
“I don’t understand where some of these stories come from,” Ausilio told Mediaset Premium.
“Candreva has never been on the market and we have absolutely no intention of selling him.
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“The same goes for Perisic, who is an important player and we are currently discussing a new contract with him.”
Candreva has being heavily linked with a £22million move to Chelsea, while United are believed to have made two bids for Perisic – the first of which was £33.6m (€38m) but both have been rejected.
Inter are now backed by Chinese owners and they are believed to have told coach Luciano Spalletti there is no need to sell players at the San Siro.
Last month Spalletti refused to rule out an exit for Perisic and said the proposed move to Manchester United wass ongoing.
Spalletti was asked about Perisic’s move to United ahead of the Nerazzurri’s friendly game against Lyon in July, he revealed “things are going in the right direction”.
When asked about Perisic’s future, Spalletti said: “It would be better to ask him (Perisic).
“You should ask him what he thinks about the interest of Manchester United. He’s a strong player and the interest of Man U confirm that. However, he has a contract with us and he must respect it.
“Then, of course, if Inter decide to sell him for an adequate offer, we would be signing a player who is as strong as Perisic. Things are going the right direction at the moment.”