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Published on July 30th, 2017 | by Vieri Capretta

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Scouting Report: Ivan Perisic would be wrong move for Manchester United

One of the summer’s transfer sagas has been Jose Mourinho chasing Inter’s Ivan Perisic. But Manchester United’s money would be best spent elsewhere

José Mourinho wants to complete Manchester United’s transfer window with one last signing, after bringing in Victory Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku. Inter’s Ivan Perisic has been a target for months now, and United are trying to convince the Nerazzurri to let the Croatian go, as the player wants to join the Red Devils. But is he really what Manchester United need?

Perisic is a left-sided attacking winger who is able to play with both feet and possesses the pace and technique that allows him to dribble past opponents easily. His eye for goal is the icing on the cake, as the Croatian has demonstrated that he is a striker as well as an assist-man. He has scored 20 goals in 79 games for the Nerazzurri, including some decisive ones.

His main ability is to cut defences in half and create chances. He might be out of the game for some time, then strike a thunderbolt when you least expect it with a run or shot at goal. A crucial element for any of the recent Inter managers, Perisic has become one of the players central to the Nerazzurri’s side.

He does have one or two issues that limit him as a player and put him in a category below the top ones. Mourinho knows this and will be hoping to work on him to complete his growth as a player. As we said, he lights up at times, but this also means he can be switched off for way too long within the same game. Consistency can be an issue for him. Even so, the footballer has clear individual abilities, and this means he sometimes neglects playing with his team mates. His decision-making could improve.

These are all things Mourinho could work on if he were to join United. Inter want in excess of $60 million, United have offered about ten less and are working to convince the Nerazzurri. Perisic would play on the left in the three players behind the centre forward in Mourinho’s 4-2-3-1 system.

This means he would fight for a place in the starting line up with Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard or Anthony Martial. To see if he is up to the challenge is interesting, considering Perisic hasn’t had any competition for his role in years. The question of whether or not he is better than any of the above mentioned players is a difficult one. The Croatian has only really done well in the Bundesliga and Serie A, and never won anything at Inter. For him to adapt at United isn’t so sure.

Mourinho seems to really want him, but considering the options United have, he doesn’t seem like the man who could raise the bar and make a difference to this team. The feeling is the Red Devils need a reinforcement in midfield to help Paul Pogba, and in this respect signing Nemanja Matic from Chelsea is a great move. Matic, rather than Perisic, could really change the upcoming season for Mourinho and United.

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