This summer is going to be massive for a whole host of European giants. From Real Madrid and Bayern Munich to Arsenal and Atletico Madrid, a lot needs to be done. One club, though, that arguably needs the most work is Manchester United, and the fact that they’ve rejected a swap deal offer from Inter Milan that would see Romelu Lukaku and Ivan Perisic switch clubs is a good start.
United are not open to swapping Romelu Lukaku with Ivan Perisic. United want €70m. #mufc [GdS]
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) June 5, 2019
The source that claims Inter Milan made that offer which Manchester United quickly rebuffed is Gazzetta dello Sport, via Calcio Mercato, and it’s easy enough to see why the Old Trafford hierarchy has turned their noses up. Perisic may have been a quality option a few years back, but now that he’s 30-years-old it would be a calamitous move to swap him for a striker who could bring in a massive transfer fee.
Even Ed Woodward has proved that he might have an ounce of sense in him somewhere, even if it the first we’ve seen of that. Romelu Lukaku likely won’t be staying on at the club, though, so Woodward still has work to do as he attempts to squeeze the best deal out of the big Belgian striker. It’s going well so far, though, as with Inter Milan keen and now aware that Perisic won’t cut it, they should be set to offer some respectable money soon.
You can read the Red Devils’ verdict on the Lukaku offer here:
2 years too late for this deal
— Genghis Can't #MUFC (@28_12_199X) June 5, 2019
Finally something good jeeZ
— nagh (@UnitedSeason) 5 June 2019
No real shock there, Perisic is well too old now.
— Robin Kenstam (@rkdoom) 5 June 2019
At least they have some sense of football knowledge
— Ray Vincent (@RedVin8) 5 June 2019
Perisic is Alexis Sanchez but worse
— Kado (@KadKO7) 5 June 2019
yes finally we have some balls
— a million by age 25 (@gabagools) 5 June 2019
Some sense being applied at last
— (@R0ug3_D3m0n_99) 5 June 2019
Just sell him for 30m and get the fatso out
— @SenorRosi) 5 June 2019