It looks as if Manchester United have suffered yet another blow in their bid to land Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic this summer.
On Thursday we reported that the player had made a U-turn on his future and was set to sign a new deal at the San Siro, but there has now been a further development.
Inter are confident that they will narrowly avoid Uefa Financial Fair Play sanctions, meaning they will not have to part company with the Croatia star for a cut-down price.
The Serie A giants have until the end of Friday to break even for the financial year ending June 30 by raising a total of €30m (£26.4m) through player sales or face a €7m fine for breaching Uefa’s FFP rules.
United had hoped to take advantage of Inter’s predicament by signing the 28-year-old Perisic for around half the Italian club’s initial €60m valuation, with an opening bid of €30 million followed by a second offer of €32m (£28.1m) two weeks ago.
Inter, however, are said to be unhappy with the size of the bids and want closer to €50m (£44m) – a fee United are not willing to pay.
The report in the Daily Telegraph also states that Inter would prefer to take the fine from Uefa than sell Perisic to United for a lesser fee, while they are also close to selling Ever Banega to Sevilla for €9m and Gianluca Caprari to Sampdoria for €13m.
New Inter coach Luciano Spalletti is also determined to keep Perisic, so whichever way you look at it United’s hopes of bringing in one of their priority signings this summer now appears to be slim to none.