Inter Milan refused Manchester United’s offer for Ivan Perisic this summer because they believe they can be as successful as Manchester United, the club’s sporting director Piero Ausilio has said.
Perisic, 28, was a key target for United, but new Inter boss Luciano Spalletti was important in keeping the Croatia international at the San Siro and sign a new contract until 2020, which does not have a release clause.
“Nobody denies that this offer from Manchester United arrived, but we and Spalletti wanted him to be a key player for us and we were convinced that our project could be just as successful as the one the English club were offering,” Ausilio told Mediaset.
“Ivan never asked to leave and his new contract is the logical consequence of that. There was no need to insert any kind of release clause in it.”