Inter Milan refuse to lower asking price for Perisic

Luciano Spalletti concedes that Ivan Perisic could leave Inter Milan this summer, but only if the player’s valuation of £48million is met.

Manchester United are known to be more than a little interested in signing the Croatia international, and it is understood they have already had at least one bid rejected. Jose Mourinho is eager to add the 28-year-old to his squad, as he looks for more creativity and goal threat from his side.

Perisic scored 11 times in Serie A last season, and Spalletti has made no secret of his desire to keep him at the San Siro. However, he also accepted that the winger could leave before the window slams shut, but only if the club receive an offer which matches their £48million valuation.

“He is a fantastic player and if his future is totally up to me, I will definitely keep him,” the former Roma head coach told a media conference. “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.”

It is likely that United will make an increased offer for Perisic, who is taking part in Inter’s pre-season tour of China and played 45 minutes of their 1-1 draw with Schalke on Friday. It has also been suggested that he is keen on a move to Old Trafford, where he would also get Champions League football.

Meanwhile, one player who will certainly be part of Mourinho’s plans this season is David de Gea. The Spain international has once more been linked with a move to Real Madrid, but the Portuguese coach has revealed there is no chance of the former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper heading home.

“I can guarantee that he’s not going this season, and it is my feeling it will be very difficult for him to go” said Mourinho. “He is a very honest boy, very straight. When a player has a desire to go, I don’t like to stop them. I think the feeling from him is very good. So I am happy and 100% he stays with us.”

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