Fabrizio Romano claims Chelsea boss Tuchel has been interested in versatile winger since January

There has been no agreement between Chelsea and soon-to-be out-of-contract Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic despite reports in Italy, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Earlier, Italian outlet Sportmediaset claims that Chelsea have reached an agreement with the 33-year-old over a free transfer move in the summer.

Perisic reportedly prefers a move to Stamford Bridge due to Chelsea’s offering a better contract (a two-year deal worth €6million-a-year) than Inter (a two-year deal worth €4.5m-a-year).

However, Romano said that Perisic has yet to reach an agreement with any club at the moment.

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Chelsea, according to the Italian transfer expert, are indeed interested. Thomas Tuchel, in particular, has reportedly kept an eye on the versatile winger since January.

However, the west London club is reportedly still waiting to negotiate an offer — which makes sense given the club’s not being able to offer contracts or sign new players under the current licence.

Chelsea’s reported interest in Perisic, who has mostly played as a left wing-back at Inter this season, is certainly interesting.

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The club rarely signs veteran players under Roman Abramovich’s ownership, with Thiago Silva being the only recent example of this type of signing.

Silva’s success at the club may have influenced the shift in transfer policy.

Tuchel may need more left wing-back options next season with Marcos Alonso being linked with a move to Barcelona.

Emerson Palmieri is expected to return from his loan spell at Lyon, but it remains unclear whether he will be part of Tuchel’s squad next season.

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