Throughout the summer transfer window, it was well documented that Jose Mourinho was keen to bring Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic to Manchester United.
The Red Devils boss viewed the powerful Croatian winger as the ideal man to supply the likes of Romelu Lukaku but come August, he had signed a new deal with the Nerrazzuri.
So far this season, United haven't missed the potentially excellent wide play Perisic would have brought to the team, with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all performing well out on the flanks.
Lukaku also has seven goals in as many Premier League games, but Mourinho is still an avid fan of Inter's creator-in-chief and would still like to see him at Old Trafford.
However, the fact that he signed a new deal at the Serie A side hinted that any potential move would now be off the table.
But, it still could be a viable option for United as Perisic had a very tempting release clause inserted into his new contract.
According to Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport, the former Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund man is available for £54 million.
Now, while it is a fee that the Red Devils were unwilling to meet this summer, it still is a renewal of hope that Perisic is available if they cough up the cash.
If they could get him in January, it may be the boost they need to defeat bitter rivals Manchester City to the Premier League title.
United have won six of their opening seven games in the league, however, Mourinho says their great start proves nothing yet.
“This year it has started really well, but we do not know how it's going to end," he said, per Sun.
“In another championship, this would mean almost the title, but in England it means nothing.”
United's first game when domestic action returns next weekend is a trip to their old foe Liverpool and three points against Jurgen Klopp's side would be a huge statement.
Mourinho's side are yet to face any of the big boys in the league and it will certainly be a stern examination of their title bid.
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