Jose Mourinho has hinted Manchester United have ended their interest in one of their transfer targets after claiming he might settle with just three signings this summer.
United had hoped to clinch a deal for Ivan Perisic before Internazionale flew to China for their pre-season tour earlier this week but the Croat was included in Luciano Spalletti’s squad.
Inter have held out for a fee close to £50million for the 28-year-old for a player Mourinho watched in person four months ago.
Mourinho was initially keen on signing a centre half, a striker, a central midfielder and a winger but is prepared to concede defeat in United’s pursuit of one of their priority signings.
“The problem is we have four players [Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ashley Young, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo] that cannot play football now,” Mourinho said. “Not even training.
“So it looks like our group is big but it is not because they can’t even train and the time for their recovery is really long. Look at Marcos, no chance before December as an example, so our squad is not so big. Everybody knows because I told, very objective, I would like four players, I asked for four players.
“And I’m ready to go from four to three because the market is difficult, some clubs think the market is different from others. We are not a club that is not ready to buy and buy and buy non-stop, we are not a club that is ready to pay what the clubs want us to pay so I’m ready to go from four to three.
“And maybe three gives us a better balance for the squad and the team, and better conditions to compete”
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