Premier League giants Chelsea are expressing an interest in the signature of Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic ahead of the summer, according to reports.
That is according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, who has provided a fresh insight into the Croatian’s situation on Friday evening.
Perisic has seen his name take centre stage in the Italian media over the last 48 hours, after netting twice in Extra Time to guide Inter to Coppa Italia glory at the expense of fierce rivals Juventus.
However, the Croatian’s double has since been swiftly followed by suggestions that he will nevertheless not be lining out in Nerazzurri colours next season, after failing to agree to a new contract.
Perisic’s current terms at the San Siro are set to expire in the summer.
And one club, as alluded to above, understood to be expressing a keen interest in taking advantage of this situation are Chelsea.
Blues boss Thomas Tuchel is understood to be a fan of the veteran wide-man’s talents, having first identified him as a potential addition to his ranks in west London during the winter window.
Chelsea, in turn, are ‘waiting to negotiate’ with Perisic, albeit amid further suggestions that Inter remain ‘hopeful’ of striking an agreement of their own.
Perisić has no agreement with any club yet. He’s appreciated by Tuchel since January, but Chelsea are still waiting to negotiate – nothing done 🔵 #CFC
Inter are still hopeful to reach an agreement with Perisić, but they need to improve their bid – and Ljubičić is not his agent.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 13, 2022
Turning attentions back towards matters on the pitch, both Chelsea and Inter Milan face absolutely vital respective fixtures over the course of the coming weekend.
First, on Saturday evening, the former will make the trip to Wembley, hopeful of bringing to an end Liverpool’s quadruple hopes once and for all in the FA Cup final.
Simone Inzaghi’s Inter, meanwhile, are set to visit relegation-battling Cagliari in Serie A, aware that anything but a victory could see them surrender the Serie A title to city rivals AC Milan.