Manchester United round-up: Perisic to sign new deal; Mkhitaryan could break record; Valencia may miss Chelsea clash
Inter Milan will put an end to transfer speculation linking their winger Ivan Perisic with a move to Manchester United by handing him a new long-term contract at the San Siro according to Gazzetta dello Sport. The deal will reportedly not include a release clause, designed to prevent him joining United in the future.
The Red Devils were strongly linked with a move for the Croatian throughout the summer but the two clubs could not agree a fee for the 28-year-old. Now, he is expected to see his wages increase to an impressive £78,000 per week as Inter look to keep him happy in Italy and put him off pushing for a move again in the future.
In better news, another attacking midfielder could equal or even break a Premier League record this weekend, so say the Manchester Evening News. Henrikh Mkhitaryan has registered five assists from his first three games this season and could equal Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas in having created six goals in the four opening games.
All the Armenian has to do is provide one assist against Stoke City this weekend. Having registered two against both West Ham and Swansea, he added a fifth against Leicester City just before the international break. Now, he will be looking to get his name on the assist sheet once again.
The form of Mkhitaryan could be given added importance on the right, as Metro say that there is a very real possibility that Antonio Valencia could miss the club’s crunch clash with Chelsea in November. It’s due to the fact that his national side, Ecuador, may be playing in a World Cup qualification play-off on the Monday against New Zealand.
Ecuador are competing with the likes of Uruguay and Argentina for the fifth play-off spot, and whilst the game would not be played until the Monday night, Valencia would be required to join the squad four days in advance and he would consequently be unavailable for the clash with Jose Mourinho’s former club.