Report: Chelsea to make offer for £17m star available this summer, PL rivals step ahead in race

Chelsea reportedly plan to make an offer for soon-to-be free agent Ivan Perisic, but Premier League rivals Tottenham have already agreed terms with him.

According to The Independent, the Inter Milan wide man has agreed a two-year deal with Spurs ahead of the summer.

The £17million star is out of contract at the end of the season with Italian giants Inter, so he’s looking for a new home to play his football.

It is explained Chelsea and Juventus are not giving up hopes yet of signing the 33-year-old, though.

The report states both clubs will strengthen offers to sign the Croatia international. However, Spurs are a step ahead at this stage and confident they will complete the free transfer.

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Tottenham agreed Perisic terms

It sounds like Spurs are firmly in pole position for Perisic.

The experienced wide man has adapted his game in recent years to transition from a winger to a left wing-back for Inter.

He’s still an amazing offensive threat that plays high and wide, scoring 10 goals and setting up nine assists in 49 games across all competitions this season.

Spurs boss Antonio Conte reportedly picked Perisic out as a “key signing” for his team this summer.

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Alonso replacement?

If Chelsea can find a way to overtake Spurs in the race to sign Perisic, they could have an ideal replacement for Marcos Alonso.

Blues wing-back Alonso, 31, is still under contract at Stamford Bridge. His agent has reportedly flown to London to try help secure his client a transfer away, though.

There would be a hole in the squad on the left flank if Alonso leaves, so the thought of Perisic and Ben Chilwell fighting it out for the left wing-back role next season is an exciting one.

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