Mourinho baffled Woodward signed Lukaku but not Perisic for Man Utd

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MANCHESTER UNITED chief Ed Woodward angered Jose Mourinho by signing Romelu Lukaku without adding a winger, according to reports.

Old Trafford chief Ed Woodward shelled out £75million to sign Lukaku from Everton in 2017.

Jose Mourinho wanted Ivan Perisic at Man United to provide service for Romelu Lukaku

But as Mourinho wanted additional attacking options to mount a title challenge he told the club he also needed a winger to provide service for his new big-money striker.

The ex-United boss identified Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic as the man to provide the ammunition for Lukaku.

However, the Manchester Evening News reckon Mourinho was shocked when Woodward said no to the Croatian moving to Old Trafford.

Inter were holding out for £50m for Perisic, but United refused to budge on their £47m bid.

Woodward did not think Perisic was a marketable enough player to generate revenue and pulled the plug on the deal.


Mourinho gave an interesting response when asked about the winger as Croatia progressed to the World Cup final in Russia.

He told Russia TV: “Perisic, he went from Croatia to Dortmund to Wolfsburg to Inter.

“I don’t know why he didn’t come to Manchester when I wanted him.”

Jose Mourinho wanted Perisic but Ed Woodward refused to cough up the extra three million to land the Croatian World Cup star
Reuters

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