Man Utd line up Italy star as Perisic alternative – report

Date published: Monday 26th June 2017 1:45

Manchester United are tracking Fiorentina star Federico Bernardeschi as an alternative to Ivan Perisic, claim reports in Italy.

United coach Jose Mourinho has identified Inter Milan’s Croatian international Perisic as the club’s top target and has reportedly been chasing the 28-year-old since March.

But so far United have not been able to a agree a fee with Inter for the player, with both clubs now believed to be €25million apart after Inter reportedly moved the goal posts on the proposed deal.

Now, according to Mediaset Premium another target for Mourinho is Italy under-21 star Bernardeschi, who scored 13 goals and provided five assists in 40 games for Fiorentina last season.

Juventus are understood to be in pole position to sign Bernardeschi and they are believed to be preparing a €40million bid.

The Italy winger is out of contract in Florence next summer and has so far refused to sign an extenstion to his deal, but apparently the Viola would rather sell to club overseas rather than a Serie A rival.

United are believed to have submitted a £26.4million (€30m) bid for Perisic, but they are refusing to raise their offer and Inter have steadfastly refused to sell him for anything less than their €50million valuation.

However, now reports in Italy claim the price for Perisic has now gone up, amid claims Juventus also want to sign the winger.

MediaSet Premium claim Inter are now seeking not a penny less than €55m for the 28-year-old – almost double what United have bid.

In addition, the Italian outlet claims Inter will only sell the winger before June 30 – and won’t entertain any offer from July 1 onwards.

 

United are well aware Inter have a deadline of June 30 to raise €30milllion and meet Financial Fair Play regulations and are hoping that may well force Inter’s hand.

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