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Manchester United are reportedly lining up bids for Croatian World Cup stars Ante Rebic and Ivan Perisic.
Reports in Italy say that United are preparing a £44 million bid for Rebic, who plays for Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.
In addition, the club are also said to be in advanced talks over a deal to bring Perisic to Old Trafford from Inter Milan, according to reports in France.
Both players were integral parts of the Croatian side that finished runners-up to France in the World Cup.
Rebic, 24, scored against Argentina in the group stage, but also committed the most fouls in the tournament. However, he could provide some steel up front that manager Jose Mourinho wants.
Meanwhile Perisic, 29, scored against England in Croatia’s semi-final win. He has been a long-term target for United and, as a more traditional winger, is something different to the current squad. His representatives are said to be flying to England with a view to doing a deal.
No values have been mentioned, but it would doubtless be north of £50 million as Inter will not want to lose one of their stars.
Should either or both of these deals be concluded, then it could hasten Anthony Martial’s departure from Old Trafford. He is known to want more playing time and may seek pastures new. If he did, his fee would likely cover the cost of bringing one of Rebic or Perisic in.
Chelsea have entered the race to sign Inter Milan midfielder Ivan Perisic – a long time target of Manchester United.
Reigning Premier League champions Chelsea were surprisingly beaten at home by Burnley at the weekend and this highlighted how new blood was needed.
Manchester United have been targeting Perisic, valued at £48 million by Inter, all summer but have failed to conclude a deal, although negotiations are ongoing. Now Chelsea are seeking to whip Perisic from under their rivals’ nose.
However, Inter have repeatedly said they do not want to sell the midfielder.
Chelsea are also understood to be preparing bids for Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater and Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Juventus full-back Alex Sandro in the next couple of weeks.