Report- Man Utd news: Ivan Perisic CONFIRMS Jose Mourinho snub and lifts lid on transfer decision | Football | Sport

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Man Utd news: Ivan Perisic CONFIRMS Jose Mourinho snub and lifts lid on transfer decision | Football | Sport

The Croatia international has been a target for Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho for the last two years.

United have tried to lure the 29-year-old to Old Trafford in the last two summer transfer windows but were unsuccessful in their pursuits.

A deal for the former Borussia Dortmund man first hit the buffers in August 2017 when Inter refused to lower their £48million valuation of the winger.

Mourinho was left frustrated by his failed attempts to acquire Perisic’s services, recently saying: “I wanted Ivan Perisic.

“He went from Croatia to Borussia Dortmund, then to Wolfsburg, then to Inter.

“I do not know why he did not come to Manchester United, I wanted him.”

Perisic was keen on swapping the San Siro for the Theatre of Dreams this summer but decided against doing so due to concerns over the amount of playing time he’d receive under Mourinho.

“I wanted Manchester United and I was about to accept,” Perisic said at a press conference earlier today.

“But I chose to stay because of [Juliano] Spalletti’s perseverance in wanting to play an important role, which are fundamental in football.”

Although he’s still enjoying his football in Milan, Perisic admits he has ambitions to play elsewhere.

He added: “In the future, I would like to play in other countries I hope the Nerazzurri fans understand.”

Perisic’s admission that he’d turned down the opportunity to join United came a few days after he revealed it’s his ‘dream’ to play in the Premier League.

“I have always said that [playing in the Premier League] is my dream,” he said. “In football everything is possible, we will see in the future. Now, I’m focusing on Inter.”

United could very well renew their interest in Perisic following his latest comments on his future.

However, they’ll almost certainly have to pay more than Inter’s initial valuation of the Croat as he penned a new lucrative five-year contract in September 2017.

Manchester United will be back in action tomorrow evening when they travel to St. Mary’s to take on Southampton.

Mourinho’s troops will be looking for their first league victory since their 2-1 win over Bournemouth in early October.