Fee Agreed: Manchester United to complete third summer signing with £40m deal finalised


Manchester United have reportedly won the race to sign Croatian winger Ivan Perisic following an extended period of negotiations with Inter Milan.

The Europa League champions ignited their interest in Perisic earlier in June after Jose Mourinho was impressed by his performances during the course of last season.

Perisic managed 11 goals and eight assists in the Serie A last term, and he was often the standout performer for the Nerazzurri on the playing field.

The Croatian had already made his mind up to join the Red Devils, but the deal had been put on halt with United falling short of the Nerazzurri’s asking price.

United were alleged to have failed with a £26m approach for Perisic last month, and according to The Sun, the club have eventually agreed on a £40m deal to pursue the experienced winger.

At 28, the fee presents a huge outlay for United, but they are getting a proven player, who can be backed to perform regularly game in, game out. Perisic normally features on the left side of the attack, but he is also comfortable playing in the number 10 role if required.

Perisic is likely to receive a long-term deal on a contract worth £100,000 a week, and his arrival will put pressure on the likes of Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard, who were in and out of the lineup last term.