Manchester United could be set to offer Anthony Martial to Inter Milan in a swap deal for long-term target Ivan Perisic. Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to bring the Croatian to Old Trafford, having already landed Romelu Lukaku from Everton for a whopping £75 million.
United have been linked with Perisic all summer, but have been unable to agree a fee with Inter, who are extremely reluctant to sell one of their prized assets.
However, a twist has today emerged, with highly-respected Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport now claiming United are prepared to use Martial as a makeweight in any potential deal. The Frenchman struggled for game-time last season, with Mourinho unhappy with his inconsistent performances.
Martial joined United two years ago for an eye-watering fee, when Louis van Gaal was in charge, but as yet has not reached the potential he showed as a youngster at Monaco. The 21-year-old has struggled to establish himself in the starting XI and has mainly had to make do with cameo appearances.
Perisic has flown with the rest of the Inter squad to their pre-season tour to China, but that does not necessarily mean the club are not prepared to sell. According to the Daily Star, who quote Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth, the Serie A giants are demanding £48 million for Perisic.
However, United are unwilling to spend that amount on the 28-year-old, which is why they are seemingly looking at including Martial in a swap deal, which would significantly reduce the outlay.
The two players are similar in style, which makes this an interesting proposition. Perisic, who can play either as a winger or a second striker, is among Mourinho’s primary transfer targets. He would bring goals and assists to the Manchester United line-up – something they struggled for last season – and complement Lukaku.
With Martial unlikely to figure in the United boss’s plans, it could be a sensible move for all parties.