Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti insists the “conversation is over” when it comes to a potential move away from San Siro for in-demand winger Ivan Perisic.
Croatian Perisic, 28, has been linked to Premier League club Manchester United this summer but Inter have taken him on their pre-season tours and appear unwilling to consider any sale.
Before Saturday’s friendly against Chelsea in Singapore, Spalletti said he “strongly opposed” the prospect of Perisic leaving Milan in the transfer window.
“There has been no more significant contact in the last few weeks,” he told inter.it. “So for me the conversation is over.
“The more days that go by, the more difficult it becomes for us to replace him and therefore I would strongly oppose his departure.”
Former Wolfsburg player Perisic scored 11 Serie A goals for the Nerazzurri last season.
Ivan Perisic to Manchester United? Doesn’t look like Inter boss Luciano Spalletti is up for it… ⛔️ pic.twitter.com/Y83w30stlY— B/R Football (@brfootball) July 29, 2017
With new Chinese owners, AC Milan are re-discovering themselves after years of mediocrity.
Juventus meanwhile, have been the dominant side in Serie A and also won their third Coppa Italia in a row.
In the ongoing summer transfer window though Milan have splurged a massive amount of money on signings that the club feels will bring them success and a change in fortunes.
Juve’s Leonardo Bonucci, Andre Silva from Porto and Andrea Conti from Atalanta are some of the big names that the Rossoneri have purchased. And what’s more is that they don’t look like they are done yet.
However, just signing players won’t help their cause, Milan will have to do a lot more when the transfer window is shut.
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Leonardo Bonucci insists he will work hard to “shift the balance” in AC Milan’s favour next season after completing a shock switch from Serie A champions Juventus.
The 30-year-old Italy defender, who had been linked with Chelsea and Manchester City, unexpectedly called time on his successful seven-year spell with Juve to move to San Siro last Friday.
Bonucci is thus far the standout capture in a summer of aggressive transfer activity by Milan, who are looking to land the Scudetto for the first time since 2011 by investing heavily in the first-team squad.
Ricardo Rodriguez, Lucas Biglia, Mateo Musacchio and Andre Silva are among the other expensive recruits but Rossoneri fans appear to be most excited about 70-time Italy international Bonucci.
And on Monday he promised to advance the Milan mission in 2017-18, writing on his official Instagram account: “Some supporters asked me if I’ll be able to shift the balance… I will work to make it, fighting with more hunger than ever.”
The former Inter Milan player has also been handed the captain’s armband for a campaign which will see the Rossoneri compete in the Europa League following a sixth-placed finish last term.
Now owned by Chinese businessman Li Yonghong, Milan are reportedly eyeing big-money deals for Torino hitman Andrea Belotti and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund this month.