Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he is willing to make just one more signing in this summer’s transfer window.
Mourinho initially targeted four players this summer: a striker, a defender, a winger and a holding midfield player. But just two of those signings are currently on board: Romelu Lukaku arrived from Everton for £75million plus bonuses and centre-back Victor Lindelof who moved from Benfica last month for a minimum of £30million.
However, United have been frustrated in their efforts to sign Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic while their pursuit of Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic may have been scuppered by snatching Lukaku from under Chelsea’s nose.
With that in mind, Mourinho says he is willing to abandon one of his targets.
“Our squad is not so big. Everybody knows, because I said it was the objective, I would like four players and I have asked for four players, and I am ready to go from four to three because the market is difficult,” Mourinho said at a press conference ahead of their clash with local rivals Manchester City in Houston this evening.
“Some clubs think about the market differently to others. We are not a club that is ready to buy and buy non-stop. We are not a club that is ready to pay what the clubs want us to pay.
“So I am ready to go from four to three. With three I just give a better balance to the team and the squad, and it gives us better conditions to compete.”
With that in mind, United are more likely to abandon their search for a defensive midfielder. That means a Manchester United move for Perisic is likely to become Mourinho’s priority. The Croatia international winger has been the subject of a number of bids from Old Trafford, but Inter are holding out for a transfer fee of €55million (£49.3million).
Perisic left Inter’s training camp in Bruneck, northern Italy to go back to Croatia early on Saturday morning. It was claimed he wanted to see his own dentist to treat an abscess on a tooth. However, he is now with the rest of the Inter squad on their pre-season trip to China.
Coach Luciano Spalletti says that having missed last Saturday’s defeat to Nuremburg he expects Perisic to play at least some part in a series of five pre-season games in both China and Singapore.
“Tomorrow, he plays and indeed, not having been present during the Bruneck friendly, he will play even more than the others,” Spalletti said ahead of Inter’s clash with Schalke on Friday.
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