In Focus: Perisic has plenty of talent to brighten United but asking price is steep

As reported by the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United are being held to ransom on one of their big summer transfer targets.

What’s the story?

Manchester United are on the hunt for players that can allow them to compete in both the English Premier League and UEFA Champions League next season.

They’ll be scouring clubs big and small across the world for players Jose Mourinho feels can bring them to the next level.

One they’re interested in is Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic. That’s according to Manchester Evening News, who say that the Red Devils rate the player at £30m.

However, there’s a difference in valuation with Inter Milan holding out for £45m for the 28-year-old according to the report.

Is he worth that kind of cash?

Worth the money?

There’s no doubting that Perisic is an elite player. He’s played at the highest level for Borussia Dortmund, Wolfsburg and Inter for years now, often an effective presence across the attacking midfield.

However, the reported £45m is a lot of money for a 28-year-old and although he has great versatility, there’s perhaps better value on the market.

His return of 11 goals and 8 assists for the Italian club last season is decent but there are plenty of other players who offered more direct goal contributions that may be available for the same sort of money.

If Man United can talk Inter down to their reported valuation of £30m then the deal starts to make a lot more sense but the higher the fee, the more we reckon that Mourinho should move on to other targets.