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Manchester United Close to Confirming Signing of Croatian Winger

A breakthrough has been made in negotiations by Manchester United in relation to signing Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic.

The Independent is reporting that a deal will be completed in the coming week for the 28-year-old Croatian international, and will likely come to £48 million.

Earlier in the window, it was reported that personal terms had been agreed between Perisic and Manchester United, but Inter Milan refused to allow the signing to be made as they wanted more money for their player.

These issues look to have been resolved, with United expected to pay the full amount, and Inter to complete the signing of Lazio’s Keita Blade as a replacement.

Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho sees Perisic as an imperative signing for the side, both for his defensive work and his attacking capabilities, especially in terms of crosses – an area where United have been found short during his time in charge.

After completing the signings of defender Victor Lindelof and striker Romelu Lukaku, the Red Devils are also reportedly interested in signing a defensive midfielder after the confirmation of Perisic’s move.

The most likely candidate appears to be Mourinho’s former player at Chelsea Nemanja Matic, who brought immediate solidity to Chelsea’s midfield when he was brought back to the club in 2014.

According to Corriere dello Sport, Matic is eager for Chelsea to lower his £40 million asking price so that a move can go through, be it to Manchester United or to Perisic’s current club, Inter Milan.

It appears that there will be a lot more business to take place at Old Trafford before the end of the transfer window, with Mourinho’s side hoping to make a bigger impact on the Premier League this season.

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