Tottenham have agreed terms with Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic ahead of a summer transfer, beating Chelsea to the Croatian’s signature.
The 33-year-old is set to become a free agent this summer when his contract at the San Siro expires in July and Thomas Tuchel had hoped to bring him to west London to bolster his Chelsea squad. But a reunion with former boss Antonio Conte has seemingly been too appealing and a two-year deal will be signed with Spurs.
Conte met with director of football Fabio Paratici and agreed to stay on for another season at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with ENIC recently promising a £150 million injection ahead of the summer transfer window. The Independent have now reported that one of the conditions to him remaining was the promise of signings with Perisic specifically named.
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He is viewed by Conte as a key signing ahead of the 2022-23 campaign and talks were accelerated over the past few days according to the report with Spurs now set to beat their London rivals to his services. Perisic is also set to receive £4 million per year from the deal once it is confirmed.
Capable of playing on the left of midfield as well as back in defence, it is easy to see why he appealed to both Conte and Tuchel with both clubs preparing to balance domestic demands with the Champions League. The Independent report that Chelsea will likely strengthen their own offer but that the temptation to work with Conte again is likely to be decisive.
Chelsea are set for a busy summer with the likes of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen set to depart while the futures of Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta, Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech could also lie away from Stamford Bridge.