Man Utd Again Linked With Ivan Perisic Because of Course They Are

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Perisic’s expression every time he sees himself labelled a ‘Man Utd target’ | Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Bayern Munich loanee Ivan Perisic has again been linked with Manchester United, with a story stating a swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez could be on the cards.

Perisic has spent the 2019/20 season on loan with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich – who have the option to make that deal a permanent one – while Sanchez was sent to Inter – Perisic’s parent club – by Manchester United.

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Perisic has had a fringe role at Bayern this season | Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

It is now reported by Fichajes – who site ‘Transfer News’ as their source – that Inter and United have held discussions about a potential swap deal.

However, when you pick apart the bones of the story, there’s really not much to it. Firstly, he does not match the profile of player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has targeted in recent years. Younger players have been drafted in with an obvious eye on the future.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James were signed last summer while Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes were brought in for big sums, with the latter pair still having plenty left in the tank. At 31, Perisic does not match either category.

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Sanchez has impressed for Inter since the restart | Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Perisic has long been regarded as a target for United, dating back to Jose Mourinho’s spell in the Old Trafford dugout.

Back in May, Inter’s sporting director Piero Ausilio revealed there was a ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ between Inter and Bayern over Perisic’s future.

He said: “We’ve a gentlemen agreement with Bayern Münich for Ivan Perisic, our relationship with them is so good so we can negotiate about his buy-back clause on next weeks.”

So, for a number of reasons, Perisic moving to United seems unlikely. If you get good odds on that move not happening, take them. Might as well make some money off some regurgitated nonsense, right?

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