Manchester United is nearing a deal for Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic, according to a report.
Inter had reportedly been demanding £50 million for the Croatia attacker with United unwilling to meet that price.
But the Manchester Evening News claims Perisic’s advisers are now confident he will move to Old Trafford this summer, with the opportunity of playing Champions League football next season a major factor in his decision.
Left wing, where Perisic plays, is a key area of need for Mourinho as he seeks to turn United into a credible challenger for the Premier League. The Portuguese stationed Anthony Martial out there last season, but would prefer a natural left-footer to provide balance especially when United counterattacks.
Like rival Manchester City, United appears to be conducting much of its most important transfer business early in the summer, before prices can become inflated by increasingly desperate clubs. On Wednesday evening it was confirmed that the club had completed the signing of Victor Lindelof, the Benfica defender, for £31 million.
In addition to Lindelof and Perisic, Mourinho ideally needs a defensive midfielder to free up the attacking talents of Paul Pogba, and a striker. United is understood to be in talks with Real Madrid over a deal for Alvaro Morata but as with Perisic, the two parties have yet to agree upon a fee.