Manchester United missed out on the Ivan Perisic signature over a mere £3million.
The Red Devils’ poor transfer window was already obvious. Now, it has become even more so.
According to the Evening Standard, per The Mirror, United missed out on signing the World Cup superstar Perisic due to a transfer fee disagreement. Edward Woodward had offered £45million, while Inter Milan were asking for £48million. The deal didn’t happen.
To add to their report, The Evening Standard also adds that Woodward wasn’t a fan of Perisic’s age, with the winger being 29.
First and foremost, player quality isn’t Woodward’s domain. He is given a list of players that Jose Mourinho thinks will improve the team. It’s his job to sign those players, not question whether they’ll be good enough. At the end of the day, Woodward is excellent at his job as he makes United a whole lot of money. He’s just not a football man. Plus, he never had that issue when signing Nemanja Matic or Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
I said it two summers ago, I said it during this window, too. Perisic would have been a stunning signing. He’s quick, two-footed, direct, a great crosser, excellent passer and a goalscorer too. Seriously, what’s not to like?