Inter Milan are hoping to offload at least two players on Friday in order to avoid a €7 million sanction from UEFA for breaching financial fair play regulations, but selling Ivan Perisic to Manchester United at a knockdown price is not on the cards.
According to the Daily Telegraph's James Ducker, Inter need to raise €30 million (£26.4 million) before Saturday and plan to do so by selling Gianluca Caprari to Sampdoria for €13 million and "one or more of Jonathan Biabiany, George Puscas or Andrea Ranocchia to Genoa," having already reached an agreement to send Ever Banega to Sevilla for €9 million.
United had planned to capitalise on the situation by signing Perisic for less than his €50 million valuation, making bids of €30 million and then €32 million, but Inter are prepared to hold firm, even if it means incurring a fine.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Ducker), the deal for Caprari could see Sampdoria defender Milan Skriniar move to Inter, but while the former would count as a sale in the 2016-17 financial year, the club would register the latter after Friday, making him a 2017-18 acquisition.
The Serie A club has come down slightly on their initial valuation of Perisic, but the Red Devils have been unwilling to agree to that price.
If Inter are able to raise the cash needed elsewhere, United's leverage in the deal will be gone, as Inter would no longer need to worry about breaching FFP rules.
Per Sky Italy on Thursday, the deals are already in place for Inter to avoid the fine (h/t Sky Sports News HQ's Kaveh Solhekol):
If they aren't able to complete the last-minute sales required and are hit with the financial penalty, it might make them even more determined to obtain a large fee for Perisic in order to recover the difference of the fine.
According to Ducker, Inter have told United that Friday is their last chance to buy him.
The winger produced 11 goals and 12 assists in all competitions last season, but the Red Devils' reluctance to part with so much money for him is understandable, particularly as he's 28, meaning they'd be unlikely to recoup much of that if they were to sell him in a few years.
With Inter seemingly in a position to maintain their large asking price for Perisic and set to be deeming him not for sale, it seems United will need to look at other options.