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Everything Jose Mourinho and Ivan Perisic have said amid Spurs transfer links

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Jose Mourinho is a fan of Ivan Perisic, that much has been documented before.

The Portuguese coach made the signing of the Croatian winger a priority when he was Manchester United manager only to be frustrated in his pursuit of the player.

Inter refused to budge on their valuation of Perisic in 2017 and he stayed put.

Now, Tottenham are being linked with a move for the 31-year-old.

The Croatian spent the 2019/20 season on loan from Inter at Bayern Munich but looks unlikely to stay permanently at the Allianz Arena.

Mourinho is reportedly still keen on Perisic and the Croatian has been touted as a potential makeweight in a deal for Tanguy Ndombele, though football.london understands Spurs have no intention of allowing the Frenchman to leave the club a year after signing.

And is everything Mourinho has said about Perisic publicly, and a little bit of what Perisic has said about Perisic.

Mourinho after United missed out on Perisic, August 2017

“I have faith in [Anthony Martial]. Probably, the fourth player I was looking at in the transfer market (Perisic) was not a pure winger.

"As a pure attacking option, Martial is a good player. He is one of the players who will have a better season than last season. I have pure wingers.

"The player I was looking for would allow me to play three at the back and play with wing-backs,”

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Mourinho on Russia Today (via Daily Express), July 2018

“Perisic, he went from Croatia to [Borussia] Dortmund, goes to Wolfsburg, goes to Inter.

"I do not know why he did not come to Manchester United when I wanted him,”.

Mourinho to Russia Today (via Sports Mole), July 2018

“Perisic is the kind of winger that is different from the others. Normally you look at wingers and they are just fast and creative. But he is also physical, very physical.

"Fantastic in the air. So the way he wins that ball in the air (for the winning goal) and puts the ball into that space is only possible if you are very, very physical and dominant over defenders. So he was amazing by going there and winning that ball in the air.”

Perisic to Sportske Novosti on failed United move, October 2018

"I heard some clubs want me but they have to talk to my club and only after that could I join the negotiations and decide.

"If I was to change club, it could only be to a top league and top club.

"Yes, I'd like to play in England and Spain but I don't know if there is enough time left."

Perisic to The Athletic on failed United move, September 2019

“How close was I going there? Very close.

"It was an amazing thing for me when Jose called me. It was difficult to say no to him. In fact, I really, really wanted to join him and play for United.

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"I only found out, myself, the real reasons two years later."




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