Chelsea are closing in on a deal to sign Ivan Perisic this summer, according to reports in Italy.
The Inter Milan star faces an uncertain future after entering the final months of his contract at the San Siro.
With no extension agreed, it looks like the Croatia international will be cleared despite nine goals and eight creations for Simone Inzaghi’s side this season.
According to Sports Mediaset, Chelsea are closing in on a deal for the 33-year-old, with Perisic only needing to pass a medical and sign a contract to complete the deal.
It might sound simple, but the wing-back’s arrival won’t be able to materialize until a much bigger deal is agreed.
Chelsea are awaiting completion of the club takeover, with Todd Boehly set to complete the purchase.
The American mogul is the owner of the LA Dodgers and has reached an agreement with the Blues, with the transaction expected to be finalized towards the end of May.
As it stands, Chelsea are restricted due to sanctions imposed on current owner Roman Abramovich by the UK government.
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These restrictions limit the club’s ability to sign players, extend player contracts or accumulate funds from the sale of players, meaning a deal for Perisic could be difficult to complete.
However, with the Boehly takeover set to go through, it means a move for the Croatian star could materialize as soon as the £4billion-plus deal is finalized.
Unfortunately, it’s too late for Antonio Rudiger, who has agreed to join Real Madrid at the end of his contract with Chelsea.
Speaking about his departure, Tuchel said: “I don’t think anyone likes it. He gives confidence to everyone in the locker room.
“He’s a unique character and he plays at an exceptional level. He takes the focus sometimes, he likes the responsibility.
“No one likes this decision but we have to accept it. Like it or not, there will be life at Chelsea after Toni. It’s also the most important thing for us that it ends like this.” started, at the highest level.
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