Ivan Perisic expects more from new signings for the 2018/19 season

Croatia international Ivan Perisic is expecting good things for the 2018/19 season with the club making neat progress in terms of their transfer business. The Nerazzurri managed to qualify for the Champions League after a six-year wait after peeping Lazio to the fourth position last term and Perisic is now looking forward to the new campaign with plenty of promise.

Speaking to Fox Sports Asia, he said: “Now, I’ll go on holiday and then my season will start. I hope to do good things this season. I’m a World Cup runner-up, but in order to win things this season, we need a lot of players. We need the team to pull together and we need more this season even from the new players [like Kwadwo Asamoah] because we’re playing in the Champions League. I send my best wishes to all the lads who have joined us and already started working.”

Perisic was one of the standout performers for Croatia (three goals and one assist) during the recent World Cup where they managed to finish runners-up to France and his showing has since triggered speculation of him heading to Manchester United with manager Jose Mourinho keen on reviving the club’s transfer interest.

Nevertheless, the Nerazzurri are in a strong position to keep hold of the attacker, who has four years left on his contract whilst they could put off the player’s suitors from matching their valuation. Earlier last summer, United had lodged a £40m to acquire the signature of Perisic but the deal still fell through after the San Siro giants demanded at least £50m for his services.

As things stand, Inter ought to demand much more than the £50m fee previously quoted and United could be forced to look elsewhere, unless the club’s hierarchy are prepared to spend the remainder of their transfer kitty on the Croatian. Perisic is presently on an extended holiday following his World Cup exploits but he could make the squad prior to the season opener.