Chelsea are looking to hijack Ivan Perisic’s expected transfer to Manchester United with a bid of their own as the transfer window enters it’s last two weeks.
The Mirror are reporting that Man United are set to make another bid for the 28-year-old after reportedly having a £39m bid rejected. United are looking to increase the offer to £48m but Antonio Conte wants the Croatia international to sign for the Blues after being impressed by him when Chelsea faced Inter Milan in Singapore in pre-season.
Perisic emerged as a top target for Jose Mourinho early in the transfer window but United have failed to agree a fee with Inter for the attacking midfield player.
Inter boss, Luciano Spaletti, said last month that Perisic is not for sale and that the player is very much a part of his plans going into the new season. But after scoring against them in pre-season, Chelsea are set to get in on the action and prepare a bid for Perisic as well.
Chelsea are looking to complete several signings before the window closes – including Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater and the Blues have been in negotiations with Juventus for left-back Alex Sandro. There is also interest from Conte’s side for Everton’s Ross Barkley.
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Both United and Chelsea had contrasting opening day results on the weekend as the champions surprisingly lost at home to Burnley.
United saw off West Ham with a resounding 4-0 victory – new signing Romelu Lukaku bagged a brace for the Red Devils. With Hazard out injured till next month and Fabregas suspended, Chelsea at the moment look the more desperate side to land Perisic.