It’s always interesting to see back on how things worked out for a club and a player when there’s interest in a big-money move, but the club decides to stand firm and decline to sanction the move.
There’s no proper statistic on this, but it never appears to work out for the existing club. Usually, the player is distracted, their form tails off, and then the interest dries up, departing them to sell them for a fraction of the original bid.
Back in 2017 The BBC reported that Ivan Perisic was the subject of interest from Manchester United and an offer of around £48m was made, but the move never happened.
Fast forward a couple of years and The Sun has just announced that the Croatian’s loan time at Bayern Munich hasn’t worked out, so neither the German side or Inter Milan want to keep him for next campaign.
They go on to suggest that Manchester United could re-ignite that interest in him, but you have to think the price would be nowhere near the £48m.
The Croatian is out of favour in Inter Milan after he didn’t fit into Antonio Conte’s system, but it’s hard to tell if he would still be an excellent addition for Manchester United.
At his best he’s a hard-working winger who can play on either side, he’s not blisteringly fast, but he has the skill and likes to cut inside. That could make him a decent rotation opportunity with Dan James, but he’s nowhere near the player he used to be.
It just goes to show that clubs may not like it, but if a player wants to leave and you have a decent offer then take the money and move on.