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Jose Mourinho unsure why Manchester United missed out on Ivan Perisic

Mourinho unsure why Perisic didn't join
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admits that he "wanted Ivan Perisic" last summer, only for the Croatian attacker to stay at Inter Milan.

Jose Mourinho has confessed that he was keen to sign Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan last summer and is unsure why a transfer to Manchester United failed to materialise.

The Red Devils boss was said to be annoyed with the club's hierarchy for failing to push through a move 12 months ago for one of his top attacking targets.

United continue to be linked with Perisic, who starred for Croatia in their run to the World Cup final, and Mourinho admits that he wanted the 29-year-old in his squad.

"I wanted Ivan Perisic," he told Russia Today before the winger's goal in the 4-2 defeat to France in Sunday's final.

"He went from Croatia to Borussia Dortmund, then to Wolfsburg, then to Inter. I do not know why he did not come to Manchester United, I wanted him."

Mourinho is rumoured to have now turned his attention to Perisic's international teammate Ante Rebic, who plies his trade for Eintracht Frankfurt.

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