By Mark Weasley
The news making the rounds in the Italian and English press is that Manchester United are stepping up their pursuit of the Croatian international. The 28-year-old is valued by the Italian club at £48m but United are believed to be offering £39m, which the Italian could well accept.
Perisic has been sensational this season, scoring 11 goals and creating a further 13 in 42 appearances for Inter, in what has been another disappointing campaign. We take a look at the reasons why Manchester United must not sign the former Dortmund man
1. Potential transfer fee
A rumoured £48m fee is way too much for a player that has not delivered consistently over a couple of seasons. He flattered to deceive at Borussia Dortmund, while he was only average at Wolfsburg. The rumoured wages on offer is set at £120k, a mind-boggling amount for a player that is known for his spells with bad form, and certain attitude issues.
2. Anthony Martial
When Anthony Martial was signed by Manchester United in 2015 for £36m, he was heralded as one of the best young players in world football. A sensational solo goal on his debut against Liverpool showed signs of promise, but in his second season at the club, he has struggled to impress Mourinho. However, the potential signing of Perisic could yet hinder the progress of the player, who is still tipped to achieve great things in his career.
3. Pattern of Play
The Croatian is known for his lightning pace, and with the pragmatism of Jose Mourinho, there is a disconnect between the signing of the player and the style-of-play on offer. Jose likes his attacking midfielders working hard and tracking back, but Perisic is not known for that.