It’s no secret a right winger is top of the list of priorities for Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the January transfer window, as per Duncan Castles on The Transfer Window podcast.
The Red Devils have endured a turbulent start to the season so far but appeared to be back on track after back-to-back victories over Leeds United and Everton.
However, their progress has somewhat stalled after a 2-2 draw away at Premier League rivals Leicester City.
Solskjaer has previously warned that he is expected a quiet transfer market because of the financial pressures of the coronavirus pandemic.
But, perhaps in response to their inconsistency, coupled with their urgent need for a right winger, it seems Ed Woodward is still determined to make further additions to the squad, with Ivan Perisic firmly in their sights.
According to CalcioMercato, the Inter Milan winger is still of interest to United and the Serie A outfit are open to offloading the 31-year-old for a cut-price deal, believed to be somewhere in the region of €6.5m (£6m).
Tottenham Hotspur are also reported to be keen on landing the 6 ft 1 in versatile forward.
Last season, Perisic provided three goals and three assists in ten appearances in the Champions League during his time on loan at Bayern Munich, via WhoScored.
To put that into context, that’s more than Daniel James has managed across all competitions so far this season, as per WhoScored.
It goes without saying that the right wing has become somewhat of a problematic issue at Old Trafford with James fading away after a bright start to his United career.
Solskjaer got rid of Antonio Valencia last year and the club have never fully recovered from the Alexis Sanchez saga, though they hastily tried to rectify their mistake by signing Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri in the summer.
It’s no surprise, then, that the club legend is looking at experienced reinforcements as James simply isn’t fit for purpose. Just six goals and seven assists in 43 games is awfully shocking by anyone’s standards, let alone a player who has drawn comparisons with Gareth Bale.
In Perisic, Woodward could land Solskjaer a player who is capable of filling the void left by the likes of Angel di Maria and Nani.
The Croatian veteran even claimed the club came “very close” to signing him during Jose Mourinho’s time in charge at Old Trafford, although the least said about that, the better.
Whilst he has yet to hit the same heights he enjoyed on loan last season, he has still performed at a decent enough level this season so far – one goal and two assists in 13 games in Serie A, while he is averaging 1.1 shots and key passes per game, via WhoScored. By comparison, James has barely managed even one key pass on average per game in the Premier League, as per WhoScored.
There’s no doubt Perisic would be a significant upgrade on most if not all of the wide options available to Solskjaer at the moment despite his age.
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