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BATTLE OF THE BRIDGE

Chelsea want Inter Milan winger despite Man United opening bid

Both clubs are battling to sign 28-year-old Croatian international Ivan Perisic

The tears have barely dried following Chelsea’s FA Cup final loss against Arsenal but Antonio Conte is already pushing ahead with plans for next season.

What better way to get up and running in the transfer market than spoiling one of your main rival’s plans?

Dry your eyes mate

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Dry your eyes mate

Chelsea are interested in Inter Milan’s Croatian winger Ivan Perisic, according to reports in Italy.

Perisic was reportedly the subject of an opening bid from Man United, believed to be around £30.5million.

However that figure falls below what Inter deem acceptable, with the Italians keen to sell for between £48-52mil.

A fairly tame haircut compared to Perisic’s normal trims

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A fairly tame haircut compared to Perisic’s normal trims

United’s low opening offer has left room for Chelsea to swoop in for the 28-year-old, who is under contract until 2020.

Perisic scored ten goals and provided six assists for Inter in Serie A this season, as well as netting five goals in his last 12 appearances for Croatia.

But Inter still missed out on European football, finishing in seventh place, behind arch-rivals AC Milan and a distant 28 points off title winners Juventus.

Ivan doing his best Andy Carroll impression

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Ivan doing his best Andy Carroll impression

Perisic arrived in Italy in the summer of 2015, having spent the previous four years playing in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg.

His ability to play both out wide and inside would be a perfect fit for Conte’s tactics, while United have been lacking a genuine winger in recent years.

So who’s going to come out on top? Why don’t we settle this with an old fashioned game of rock, paper, scissors?

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