Seemingly not content with already splashing in excess of £100m to bring Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku to Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho is ready to splash the cash yet again.
Manchester United’s prime-target is now widely reported to be Inter Milan’s Croatian winger Ivan Perisic but negotiations are proving to be difficult, with the Italian side insisting a suitable offer has not yet been received.
New Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti is understandably determined to keep Perisic at the San Siro for next season, when the Serie A is set to be fiercely competitive following the strengthening of AC Milan and other top sides, but a door has not been completely closed on an exit- though a deal could cost United as much as £50m.
Quoted by The Daily Mirror, Spalletti stated on the club’s pre-season tour that Perisic could be sold if Inter are ‘satisfied’ with the money they receive – which would then be used to strengthen his squad.
“He is a fantastic player and if his future was totally up to me, I would definitely keep him. However, if an offer comes and the club are satisfied with the money, which will be used to invest in and strengthen the team, he could leave.”
£50m is a huge amount for the 28-year-old, though, and Manchester United may be better off putting faith in the talent they already boast in wide areas, as Perisic’s arrival could severely limit the opportunities that fall to the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata.
Mourinho’s track record of utilising younger players like Rashford and Martial certainly isn’t the best but the pair’s talents speak for themselves and failure to hand them regular opportunities could lead to big, big problems later down the line.
The question for Manchester United is do they want to spend £50m on a player who can provide an immediate impact? Or do they put faith in Anthony Martial, developing him into a player that matches the price-tag the Red Devils paid?