United’s interest in Perisic first became apparent in March of this year when Jose Mourinho visited Croatia during the month’s international break.
For a time, it was believed that Perisic was keen on making the switch to Old Trafford, but an unwillingness to meet Inter’s asking price – believed to be around £50m – and an unwillingness from the Serie A club to negotiate eventually saw proceedings reach an impasse.
Perisic is now with the Croatian squad ahead of upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Kosovo and Turkey early next month and Cacic clarified the player’s transfer status at a press conference.
“I spoke to Ivan Perisic, he is happy at Inter. [Luciano Spalletti] appreciates him and they are preparing new contract for him,” the coach explained.
United had been targeting four signings this summer, not including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and a true ‘winger’ had been the ideal fourth acquisition after the earlier captures of centre-back Victor Lindelof, striker Romelu Lukaku and holding midfielder Nemanja Matic.
Mourinho, though, took steps to warn against no further additions recently.
“Unless something happens that puts us in the market again,” he said just over a week ago in response to media questioning on the subject of further transfers.
Whether United look to another winger in the final days of the transfer window remains to be seen. The boss can at least rest in the knowledge that his current squad is in fine form at the start of the new Premier League season after three successive wins and clean sheets.
United have scored 10 goals in those three games so far, with six different goalscorers contributing to the tally after Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini each found the net during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Leicester.