In Focus: Perisic slips further away from Manchester United

Inter Milan will not include a release clause in a new contract for Manchester United target Ivan Perisic, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

What’s the word?

The Red Devils were linked to the Croatian all summer, but a deal was unable to be agreed before the transfer deadline.

The Express claims that Inter refused to drop below their £48m asking price, and as a result, prospect of a deal fizzled out.

Jose Mourinho made it clear that he wanted four new signings, but he ended up with three – Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic.

If the Portuguese coach was considering moving for Perisic in January, he may need to re-think amid news that Inter are planning to make it very difficult for any suitors to nab the winger’s signature.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italian outfit plan to offer Perisic a contract until 2022, but a release clause will not be inserted.

The 28-year-old’s current deal expires in three years’ time.

Do United need him?

The wide area was worth addressing in the summer for Mourinho, but now that the season has begun, it has not emerged as a problem.

Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have proven to be worthy options, with both impressing in the early stages of the campaign.

The pair have featured in all three Premier League matches, with Martial starting just the one and Rashford being named in the first XI for the other two.

The England international has contributed with one goal and an assist, while Martial has scored twice and made another.

Both players have displayed strong senses of character that would have impressed Mourinho.

Last season, Martial was in and out of the team due to his manager not being convinced that he deserved regular game time.

Since then, the 21-year-old has knuckled down and given his Portuguese coach something to think about.

Rashford has consistently performed since breaking into the first team, but the 19-year-old has shown maturity, particularly on the international stage for England when he recovered from a mistake to score in a crucial World Cup qualifier this week.

Right now, Mourinho has some strong options to call upon, so perhaps missing out on Perisic was not the end of the world.