Inter Milan forward Ivan Perišić is excited over the prospect of becoming one of Antonio Conte's first signings as Chelsea manager, according to the player's agent. Conte was officially announced as the next Blues manager on Monday, 4 April, and will begin duties at the club following Italy's Euro 2016 campaign.
Already, a host of Serie A players have been linked with following the former Juventus manager to Stamford Bridge, with Radja Nainggolan, Leonardo Bonucci, Miralem Pjanić and Paul Pogba among those reportedly sought after by the manager.
According to Calcio Mercato, Croatia international Perišić has joined that list. The 27-year-old only joined the Nerazzurri last year, but the report claims an offer of €30m (£24.22m, $34.21m) could be enough to tempt Inter chairman Erick Thohir into letting him go.
Perišić has done little to dampen the speculation, with his agent Tonči Martić inviting talks over a summer move.
"To be linked to a club like Chelsea and a manager like Antonio Conte is very exciting for Perišić," Martić told Goal. "The Premier League is the best league in the world and Chelsea is a massive club so we would happily talk about it but a deal is far at this moment."
Another player to have been linked with a move to Chelsea following Conte'e unveiling is Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal. The Chile international won three Serie A titles under the Italian coach at Juventus and the Daily Mail claim the player has privately indicated to Bayern he would like to link up with his former manager once again. But speaking after Bayern's Champions League quarter-final first leg win over Benfica on Tuesday 5 April, Vidal insisted he was not looking to leave the German giants.
When asked about a possible move to Chelsea, Vidal told Chilean radio station BioBio: "I am very happy here. I have to think about my family and I still have time on my contract."