By Dave Marshall
Manchester United could finally sign Ivan Perisic according to Miguel Delaney, the Independent chief football writer who broke the news on Twitter yesterday night.
The 28-year-old Inter Milan winger has been the subject of a long-drawn pursuit by Jose Mourinho all summer and now looks set to become the Red Devils third summer signing.
According to Delaney, the move is getting closer amid reports that Jose Mourinho had told chief executive, Ed Woodward to get the man at all cost, who he feels will be a valuable addition to his team going forward.
Both clubs have been far apart in their valuation for the player but it would seem that a compromise has been reached.
Speaking on Twitter yesterday, Delaney, who is a respected football journalist said:
“Perisic now very close. Will be good signing.
“Crosses the ball almost five times more than United’s current wingers – needed with Lukaku!”
The Reds have signed the likes of Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku, but apparently want the Croatian international to offer a new dimension to the attack, as he is a very good crosser of the ball, and would be an upgrade on United’s current wide players.
Perisic was very impressive for Inter Milan last season, often being the lift Inter needed most times alongside club captain, Mauro Icardi.
The Croatian is a classy winger known for his directness on the wings, crossing ability, dribbling and finishing. He made 42 appearances of the 2010 Champions League winners, scoring 11 times and creating further 8 goals, in what was a good season for him individually, but not so for his club, who suffered three managerial reigns and finished seventh, outside the European places.