Manager sends warning to Man United about signing 28-year-old attacker

Luciano Spalletti insists Inter Milan do not want to sell Ivan Perisic in this summer's transfer window

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Luciano Spalletti has insisted that Manchester United have not been in fresh contact with Inter Milan about signing Ivan Perisic this summer.

The Red Devils have been heavily linked with a move to bring the 28-year-old Croatian winger to Old Trafford in recent weeks as Jose Mourinho searches for his third signing of the summer.

Manchester United are thought to be keen to further bolster their attacking options at Old Trafford ahead of Mourinho’s second season in charge at the club.

However, there has been no official announcement from the Red Devils as they continue to be linked with a host of Europe’s top players this summer.

Spalletti claims that Manchester United were in contact with Inter about Perisic earlier in the summer but that there has not been any more progress since then.

Spalletti is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail: “Until now, there hasn’t been any important contact. There was something you already know about at the beginning of the window [but] there was no follow-up and so, for me, the topic is over.

“It’s true as time goes by, it becomes more and more difficult to replace him with another player.

“I will strongly oppose the sale of Perisic if an offer comes.”

Manchester United have so far only concluded deals to sign defender Victor Lindelof and striker Romelu Lukaku this summer.

The Red Devils won both the EFL Cup and the Europa League in Mourinho’s first season in charge at the club.

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