Manchester United round-up: Bale rejected summer switch; Perisic agrees deal; midfielder leaves on loan
Manchester United almost pulled off one of the most sensational deals of the summer, according to Spanish outlet Don Balon. They say that United made a €100 million bid for Gareth Bale which was accepted by Real Madrid, as they looked to bring in Kylian Mbappe, but the Welshman rejected the offer.
Whether the claims are accurate or not is dubious, given some previously unreliable reports by the source, but United were strongly linked with a move for Bale this summer. Clearly, it is of no interest to the former Tottenham man, but it seems likely that he will continue to be linked.
Another player strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer was Ivan Perisic. Now, Italian newspaper Tuttosport say that the Croatian is set to sign a new contract at the San Siro to commit to Inter Milan. The deal will reportedly include a £64 million release clause and will earn over £80,000 per week.
That is believed to be a ploy by the club in order to make any future move to Manchester United in January or beyond more difficult, with a higher release clause and a more attractive financial package. Whether Jose Mourinho will return for the winger remains to be seen.
One move was completed on deadline day though, as Manchester United confirmed on their club website that midfielder Andreas Pereira has moved to Valencia on a season long loan only hours before the Spanish transfer deadline on Friday night. Pereira was in La Liga last season on loan at relegated side Granada.
Pereira was involved heavily with the first team in pre-season and many had hoped that the youngster would be in and around the squad for the 2017/18 season. Instead, he will now get regular first team football under manager Marcelino at Mestalla, where United heroes Gary and Phil Neville were previously involved in coaching roles.
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