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Mercato: Mourinho Concedes Defeat In Perisic Deal

Jose Mourinho has all but confirmed that his pursuit of Ivan Perisic is now over. Perisic looked set to move to Old Trafford in a big money move this summer, but Inter held firm and blocked the winger from moving to England.

Some bookmakers had even closed the market for Perisic to join United, Nerazzurri refused to sell their winger for less than €55m.

“That’s football,” Mourinho said to Premium Sport when asked about the player.

“They’re strong, they put up a good defence to keep someone who’s an important player for them.”

Have to give Suning credit here, as over the last two summers they have turned down bids of €70m for Mauro Icardi and €50m from Perisic. That is not something that Erick Thohir would have done.

Mourinho went on to say that he is still a big fan of Inter and hopes we have a great season.

“The truth is that since I left, all Inter Coaches have had the same messages from me.

“I want them to win trophies for the Interisti, and when I say Interisti what I mean is us.

“He [Spalletti] received the same message I gave to Gasperini, Ranieri, Mazzarri… with all those who came to Inter there are too many to name…

“I hope Luciano can give stability to the team and win something for us.”

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