Manchester United fans reacted as Ivan Perisic, who is valued at £27 million (by Transfermarkt), admitted he was very close to signing for the club.
The BBC was reporting that club representatives were in Milan to discuss a deal back in the summer of 2017.
In an interview with The Athletic, the 30-year-old talked about wanting to link up with former Old Trafford manager Jose Mourinho.
He said: “How close was I to going there (United)? Very close. It was an amazing thing for me when Jose called me. It was difficult to say no to him. In fact, I really, really wanted to join him and play for United.” (Source: Twitter)
However, circumstances have since seen Perisic join German champions Bayern Munich on a season-long loan deal with a view to a permanent deal in the summer transfer window (via Goal).
Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku were also let go in the summer to Internazionale on loan and permanent deals respectively.
Fans couldn’t believe the quotes from Perisic as they took to Twitter.
Here is a selection of tweets from the Old Trafford faithful:
— Abdullah (@SAbduIIahAhmed) September 29, 2019
We dodged a bullet
— Conor (@MUMindset) September 29, 2019
Should still go for Perisic and sell useless Martial
— Ashok Verma (@AshokVerma1994) September 29, 2019
— Waisy (@lil_waisy) September 29, 2019
Perisic alpha male. Scored in WC final, balling in Bayern. But we prefer Martial with no backup lool. Bayern had Coman and Gnabry but still signed Perisic and Coutinho smh.
— I prefer (@nottospeak) September 29, 2019
He would of smashed it under Jose at United #ThanksEd
— Kam Athwal (@KamAthwal) September 29, 2019
Scandalous that we pulled the plug on this. What a player and serial winner. Shame the hierarchy thought he was ‘too old’ yet we’re now stuck with the younger much worse option in lingard
— Van Alfordrooy (@VanAlfordrooy10) September 29, 2019
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