Liverpool's Lovren urges Perisic to turn down Manchester United in favour of Reds

The Inter winger is said to be attracting interest from Old Trafford, but his fellow Croatian says he would be a welcome addition at Anfield

Dejan Lovren says Manchester United target Ivan Perisic would be welcomed “with open arms” should he favour a switch from Inter to Liverpool.

The Croatia international is reported to have emerged as top transfer priority for Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils manager took the opportunity during the international break to cast an eye over the winger during a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Ukraine.

Mourinho has attempted to play down any suggestion that his trip was a scouting mission ahead of the summer, but speculation regarding big-money bids refuses to go away.

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Lovren, though, has now waded into the debate regarding Perisic’s future by attempting to talk up the benefits of joining the ranks at Anfield were life in Serie A to be traded for that in the Premier League.

He told Jutarnji List on his international team-mate: “A player like Perisic moving to Liverpool would be great. He is a top quality player.

“At Liverpool, all the players would welcome him with open arms.

“Obviously I do not know if it is true [the rumours]. What I can say is that he has exceptional football skills, knowledge and a higher than average quality.” 

Goal understands that Perisic would cost any summer suitor around €40 million, with his reputation and value continuing to rise.

He has previously enjoyed success in Germany with Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg and has impressed in Italy since linking up with Inter in 2015.

The 28-year-old has netted nine times in 33 appearances this season.

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