Mourinho losing hope of signing Ivan Perisic

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has admitted that Inter Milan put up a good defence in their decision to keep hold of Ivan Perisic for the summer. The Croatia international has been on United's radar since the start of last season, but unfortunately, the club have failed to strike a deal with their Serie A counterparts.

Mourinho's side have failed with two bids for the 28-year-old attacker, but neither come close to the Nerazzurri's valuation which currently stands at around £48.5m. The Red Devils have already pursued three signings in the form of Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic, and Mourinho would like at least one more addition to his squad before the transfer window closes this month.

Speaking to Premium Sport, Mourinho said: "Football is a business and, if we were to play against Inter tomorrow I would want to beat them, which is normal. Inter defended Perisic, and they put up a good defence." By the looks of it, you'll still be able to see Perisic in action by getting tickets through this website for Inter's fixtures this season.

The Red Devils are bolstered with fair amount of young talent with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard capable putting in strong performances, but the manager is on the lookout for an experienced solution who can deliver day in day out. Perisic stood out in what was a dismal seventh place finish for Inter Milan last term, and Mourinho will remain optimistic of acquiring the former Wolfsburg man prior to the transfer deadline.

Meanwhile, Mourinho also spoke about the prospect of re-signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is a free agent following his release from Old Trafford. The big Swede notched 28 goals in all competitions for United last term, but he was nevertheless released after he sustained a serious knee injury which would keep him out of first-team action until the start of December, Mourinho added: "Maybe he'll stay with us. He's not got a contract, but he's still close to Manchester, and the fact we are involved in the Super Cup now is also his merit."