Manchester United will have to pay the full €55million (£48million) asking price for Ivan Perisic, according to reports.
Jose Mourinho was believed to be hoping to pick up the Croatian winger for a bargain after news emerged that Inter Milan need around €30million to balance their books and comply with FFP rules before June 30.
The Serie A side are refusing to let Perisic go on the cheap though and after seeing an opening €40million bid rejected by Inter, Mourinho will have to return with a €55million offer if he is to sign a player he has been tracking since March.
ESPN report that sources have told them that United value the 28-year-old at no more than €40million (£35million).
United are prepared to offer Inter a performance-related add-ons, but Inter are determined to hold out for their asking price.
It means Ed Woodward and United are around €15million apart on Perisic and any prospective deal for the player looks a long way off.
Perisic though has reportedly told Inter he wants to leave this summer, despite having three years on his contract to run.
Reports yesterday emerged suggesting Paris Saint-Germain were hoping to snatch Perisic away from United after demanding the winger be included in Inter Milan’s proposed move for Lucas Moura.
Incoming Inter head coach Luciano Spalletti is chasing out-of-favour PSG winger Lucas and is hoping one of his first pieces of business will be to finalise a move for the Brazilian.
According to Inter news, the Serie A club have reached a verbal agreement with the Brazilian Lucas, but the Nerazzurri are yet to reach an agreement with PSG.
PSG though are firm admirers of United target Perisic and, claim the report, have demanded the Croatian winger is included in a player-plus-cash swap deal to sign Lucas.
Mourinho though has been chasing Perisic for months, having visited Croatia in the international break in March. Mourinho met up with ‘transfer guru’ Predrag Mijatovic in Zagreb to discuss a deal for Perisic and the next week or so we will discover just how much Mourinho fancies the former Dortmund man.