Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Mourinho Lauds Inter's Perisic Following World Cup Semi-Final Performance

Mourinho Lauds Inter's Perisic Following World Cup Semi-Final Performance

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has admitted that he is a huge admirer of Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic.

Sources have told ESPN FC that the clubs have opened talks over a move for the 28-year-old, who started just four Premier League games last season, and are keen to tie up a deal before United depart this weekend.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes England can feel optimistic about their future, despite losing to Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals.

The 29-year-old netted the equaliser for the Croats before Mario Mandzukic netted an extra-time victor for his side.

Mourinho has snapped-up three new signings so far this summer with goalkeeper Lee Grant, right-back Diogo Dalot and midfielder Fred all arriving in recent weeks but the United boss knows he needs to further strengthen his squad if they're to compete with Manchester City next season.

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"Perisic is a different kind of winger to a lot of others in his position", he said. "Normally you judge wide players on their pace and creativity, but he's physical too - exceptionally physical - and in the air he's fantastic".

"So the way he wins that ball in the air (for Mandzukic's goal) and puts the ball into that space is only possible if you are very, very physical and dominant over defenders".

"So for them to go back to their country and take a nation like Croatia to the World Cup final is something unbelievable".

The majority of the players can play the next World Cup.

Perisic has scored twice and set up one goal in six appearances at the World Cup in Russian Federation so far, and is expected to play against France in the final on Sunday.

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