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Friday 14 December 2018

Jose has 'no idea' over Perisic

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho before the match against LA Galaxy on Sunday. Photo: Reuters
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho before the match against LA Galaxy on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

Jose Mourinho has "no idea" what is happening with Manchester United's move for Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic.

So far this summer Benfica defender Victor Lindelof and Everton striker Romelu Lukaku have arrived at Old Trafford.

Mourinho still wants two more signings and a move for Inter's Perisic is reportedly edging towards completion.

Asked for an update on the transfer after the 2-1 friendly win at Real Salt Lake, Mourinho said as he left the press conference: "No idea. No idea my friend. No idea."

United are said to be close to agreeing a £48million fee for the Croatia international after prolonged talks with the Serie A side.

Chelsea defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic is another reported target for Mourinho, while it is understood United maintain an interest in Tottenham's Eric Dier.

Meanwhile, Lukaku and fellow new boy Lindelof both got another 45 minutes at Rio Tinto Stadium, where Henrikh Mkhitaryan cancelled out Luis Silva's opener for Real Salt Lake on a night that saw Antonio Valencia sent off after Juan Mata sustained an ankle injury in a 2-1 win.

The Spaniard, who is likely to be out for a week, had only just come on as Mourinho named entirely different line-up for the second half.

That approach will be tweaked slightly when the International Champions Cup that kicks off against Manchester City in Houston on Thursday - the first time the Manchester derby will have been played on foreign soil after last summer's friendly in Beijing was called off.

Glamour ties against Real Madrid and Barcelona quickly follow, but Mourinho is more interested in his side's development than winning those matches. "I will try to go for 60 (minutes), 30 (minutes)," the United boss said of his planned rotation.

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