Perisic confirms offer, Emery warning and winger eyes English move in Arsenal, Man United gossip and transfer news
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Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic has confirmed he was ‘really close’ to a transfer to Manchester United in the summer transfer window.
With Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho seeking to bolster his wide areas in the summer transfer window, the special one had hoped to convince Perisic to leave Italy and make the move to the Premier League after being impressed by the Croatians performances during the World Cup.
Mourinho made no secret of his admiration for the winger and the 29-year-old was planning on putting pen to paper when a £50million bid arrived from the Red Devils.
However, despite negotiations being at an advanced stage, his manager Luciano Spalletti convinced him to stay after signing for the Italian giants and in the end Mourinho missed out on another of his top transfer targets.
And Now Perisic has revealed just why he finally turned down the move to United, telling FourFourTwo: ‘It’s true that an offer from Manchester United was on the table – I was really close to leaving Inter.
‘When Luciano Spalletti arrived, he showed tremendous desire to keep me in the team and made it clear he didn’t want to lose me. That was very encouraging, and I haven’t regretted my decision to stay at Inter.
“In football, small details in these situations are key. Admiration from a coach like Mourinho is definitely something that flattered me. It’s confirmation of hard work and good performances.
‘When you’re praised by a guy like Mourinho – the manager of a huge club like Man United – it’s difficult not to think about such an offer.
“I’m glad he has a high opinion of me. These things motivate me to work and train hard, to achieve the best performances.’ (READ MORE)
Unai Emery wants to create “new history” at Arsenal as they prepare for a first north London derby against Tottenham.
The Gunners head into their biggest game of the season just three points behind their London rivals, and it will the first Spurs-Arsenal derby for Emery, who has made an impressive start to life at the Emirates.
The Spaniard may have lost his first two matches as Arsenal boss, but since then he has remained unbeaten, guiding the side to an impressive 11 game winning run in the process.
And after seeing former boss Arsene Wenger’s record of 18 wins, 18 draws and eight losses against Spurs, Emery is now hoping to extend his unbeaten run and create a new history.
“Each match, like this derby, is different. We want to create a new history – it’s a different moment for Tottenham and for us,” Emery told Sky Sports.
“They are going to play for the first time [against] players with us – the coach and all the staff.
“We want to start playing one derby like that, with a good experience. But above all, in the 90 minutes, we [want to] show everybody a good performance and energy.
“I know from living in Spain and France, different matches like this, and I want to feel this match here with our supporters at the Emirates.
“I know it’s going to have a very big atmosphere for us, and we want to win, first as it’s a derby, but also for the three points because in the table we need to continue in our process.” (READ MORE)
Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic has told chasing Chelsea and Manchester United that he has a desire to play in England.
The 29-year old winger has become a transfer target for both Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri and United coach Jose Mourinho over the past few months, as they both seek to add a new dynamic to their attacks in the coming transfer windows.
Indeed United even came close to beating off Chelsea in the summer for the signature of Perisic, before the £50 million star rejected the opportunity to stay and help Milan reclaim the Serie A title.
But although he has admitted that he is very happy at the San Siro, Perisic has now alerted Chelsea and United to a possible transfer deal by admitting that he has ambitions to paly in as many leagues as possible.
He was quoted on the Sky Sports website: ‘In football, you never say never.
‘From the beginning of my career, I’ve had the ambition to play in as many big leagues as possible, and I still have that desire to test myself in other leagues. And I mean in the Spanish or English leagues.
‘I hope Inter fans understand my point of view. I’m an athlete and a professional, I like challenges and this is my driving force.
“What the future will bring, I don’t know. Now I’m focused on Inter, as we try to make a bigger step forward from last season.’ (READ MORE)