Chelsea 'AGREE Perisic deal', Lukaku blasts his OWN agent – FA Cup final build-up and transfer news LIVE

CHELSEA have reportedly agreed a deal to sign Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic.

Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku has hit out at his own agent for suggesting the striker may be keen to leave Stamford Bridge.

The Belgian's representative mentioned that he intends to discuss Lukaku's future with the new owners.

But the Chelsea forward stated that: "Never ever will I let someone speak for me…"

And keep reading for all things FA Cup as we countdown the hours until kick-off.

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  • Justin Lawrence

    Timo Werner relishes Liverpool game

    Timo Werner has outlined how Chelsea can beat Liverpool in the FA Cup final.

    He said, via The Mirror: "Liverpool have always had problems against us. In the last two years that I’ve been here we always had good games against Liverpool.

    “We never lost in 90 minutes, so I think we also won some games. It makes it a lot of fun to play against Liverpool.

    “They defend very deep, because they are also very brave, they also defend very high, so maybe that fits my style of football a bit better. It is fun.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    Good morning Blues fans

    Chelsea are reportedly on the verge of signing Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic

    Sport Mediaset claims terms have been agreed over a stunning free transfer this summer.

    Perisic has rejected a new offer from Inter following their Italian Cup win over Juventus.

    And he is set to arrive at Stamford Bridge as a replacement for left wing-back Marcos Alonso, who wants to join Barcelona.

    Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel has provided an update on Mateo Kovacic’s fitness ahead of today’s FA Cup final against Liverpool.

    He said, "It's pretty surprising to be in the situation where we can try, and Mateo wants to try it – and the medical department gave the green light to try it.

    "The 'advantage' is the ligament is torn already from the last incident (in the FA Cup semi-final), so there is no new injury, just heavy pain. His ankle was heavily swollen.

    "We are hoping that maybe time is enough for him to make it. We will try in two-and-a-half hours in training, and we will know more about it."

    Finally, Tuchel had his say on Romelu Lukaku’s public spat with his agent.

    Tuchel said: "I think if he plans to talk with the owner, maybe it is not his plan to talk with me. It's fair enough. Let's see if he gets a meeting. It is his right. We will talk to anybody.

    "We will evaluate any situation of any player, including Romelu. We will see what is going to happen and what the plans are.

    "I was only made aware of it five or ten minutes ago, actually. It's what sometimes happens in football.

    "The attention is so high that sometimes it attracts situations that you don't want to have before big matches. It's the way it is.

    "For me, it is not a distraction and hopefully, for everybody that works on the team and the team itself, it is not."

  • Anthony Chapman

    Chelsea's Dembele hunt takes turn

    Chelsea are in danger of missing out on Ousmane Dembele.

    That’s because Barcelona have reportedly scheduled a meeting with his agent next week.

    The French winger is out of contract this summer and is a target for Thomas Tuchel, who coached him at Borussia Dortmund.

    But Xavi Hernandez remains keen on keeping Dembele after previous talks broke down.

    And Barcelona could be willing to meet his mammoth wage demands on a long-term basis.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Cahill hails captain Azpi's impact

    Gary Cahill believes Chelsea would win the title every year if they were able to field 11 Cesar Azpilicueta's.

    He exclusively told SunSport: “You don’t last as long as he has at Chelsea without being a fantastic player.

    “But also it takes more than that. It takes a mentality, a work-rate, a thick skin.

    “To have one of those things is not good enough. He has them all.

    “If you had 11 of him, Chelsea would win the league every year."

  • Anthony Chapman

    Chelsea ready to land Kounde

    Chelsea are finally ready to wrap up a deal for long-term target Jules Kounde.

    Fabrizio Romano said: "One of the names again will be Jules Kounde from Sevilla.

    "He has a release clause for €80million but from Sevilla they're really tough in the negotiations. So, it's not going to be an easy one.

    "They wanted him for Chelsea, last summer, and it was a complicated negotiation. But I'm told he's still a name in the list for Chelsea."

  • Anthony Chapman

    Palace hopeful of Gallagher deal

    Crystal Palace will press Chelsea into making Conor Gallagher's loan permanent this summer.

    TalkSport claim Eagles chiefs have made signing Gallagher their top priority after he was crowned the club's Player of the Year.

    The England midfielder has certainly enjoyed his temporary spell at Selhurst Park.

    But it's believed the player wants to push for a first-team spot at Chelsea, with Thomas Tuchel equally keen on integrating him in pre-season.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Kovacic set for FA Cup

    Mateo Kovacic is in line to play for Chelsea in tomorrow’s FA Cup final against Liverpool.

    Thomas Tuchel feared his star midfielder was out after he was brutally tackled by Leeds’ Dan James.

    Kovacic was forced off the field with his injury, which occurred on a troublesome ankle.

    But the Croatian has made a miracle recovery and could even start at Wembley.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Chelsea close to Perisic swoop

    Chelsea are reportedly on the verge of signing Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic

    Sport Mediaset claims terms have been agreed over a stunning free transfer this summer.

    Perisic has rejected a new offer from Inter following their Italian Cup win over Juventus.

    And he is set to arrive at Stamford Bridge as a replacement for left wing-back Marcos Alonso, who wants to join Barcelona.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Ruben's lofty ambitions this summer

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek is hoping to leave Chelsea for Lazio.

    Corriere dello Sport claims the midfielder wants a reunion with Maurizio Sarri in Rome.

    The pair enjoyed their brief time working together at Stamford Bridge.

    And with Chelsea planning on a midfield rebuild this summer, they could sanction the transfer for the right fee.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Teams with most Prem titles

    Chelsea have won the Premier League title an impressive five times.

    Jose Mourinho led them to three, with Carlo Ancelotti and Antonio Conte scooping the others.

    But Chelsea's last league triumph came in 2016.

    Will the new Todd Boehly consortium back Thomas Tuchel in the window and build a new title-winning side?

  • Alex Smith

    Tuchel on a potential penalty shoot-out

    Chelsea have already suffered penalties heartbreak this season, as they lost 11-10 to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final on pens.

    Kepa Arrizabalaga was subbed on especially for the shoot-out but it didn't work as he missed the decisive penalty.

    Asked about whether he'd do it again, Tuchel said: "I will not tell you (if Kepa is brought on). I have an opinion about it, but I will not tell you."

    On whether his side have been practicing for a potential shoot-out, the Chelsea boss said: "Practising, I'm a bit torn in between if you can practise it and how much to practise it.

    "My players shoot a lot of penalties during a season, I have to say – on an almost daily basis."

  • Alex Smith

    Tuchel on team selection: Havertz vs Lukaku

    Here is how Thomas Tuchel responded to the question of who starts up front in the FA Cup final – Kai Havertz or Romelu Lukaku?

    "We can play both, although they lacked a bit of the feeling of being a perfect fit together.

    "It's very likely that it is one of the two, but we will not give the line-up today. Listen, Romelu has played lately and scored lately.

    "He did everything to stay on the pitch. (We will make) our final call in the morning."

  • Alex Smith

    Lukaku has his say

    Romelu Lukaku has now broken his silence on what his agent has said to the media earlier.

    He has put out this statement on Instagram.

    Is this him potentially firing shots at his agent?

  • Alex Smith

    Tuchel on Lukaku and his agent

    The Chelsea manager has spoken once again on the Romelu Lukaku scandal.

    The German has said regarding the rumours his agent wants a meeting with the Chelsea hierarchy: "I think if he plans to talk with the owner, maybe it is not his plan to talk with me. It's fair enough. Let's see if he gets a meeting. It is his right. We will talk to anybody.

    "We will evaluate any situation of any player, including Romelu. We will see what is going to happen and what the plans are."

    When asked about if he has concerns about the media noise regarding Lukaku ahead of such a big game, Tuchel responded: "I was only made aware of it five or ten minutes ago, actually. It's what sometimes happens in football.

    "The attention is so high that sometimes it attracts situations that you don't want to have before big matches. It's the way it is.

    "For me, it is not a distraction and hopefully, for everybody that works on the team and the team itself, it is not."

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  • Alex Smith

    Tuchel on Kovacic's fitness

    Mateo Kovacic sustained an injury versus Leeds earlier this week.

    Thomas Tuchel has provided an update on his fitness.

    He said, "It's pretty surprising to be in the situation where we can try, and Mateo wants to try it – and the medical department gave the green light to try it.

    "The 'advantage' is the ligament is torn already from the last incident (in the FA Cup semi-final), so there is no new injury, just heavy pain. His ankle was heavily swollen.

    "We are hoping that maybe time is enough for him to make it. We will try in two-and-a-half hours in training, and we will know more about it."

  • Alex Smith

    Tuchel Press Conference

    Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has spoken to the media ahead of Chelsea's FA Cup final versus Liverpool.

    On the match-up, he said: "It started with last season's win at Anfield. Then very early in this season, with a draw at Anfield.

    "Then a draw at Stamford Bridge and a draw over 120 minutes and twenty-something penalties at Wembley in the Carabao Cup final.

    "So very close, very intense matches. We always need our very highest level to compete, but we found it in the matches.

    "We want to be spot on."

  • Alex Smith

    Chelsea switch attention to Sangare due to Rice fee

    West Ham are demanding a huge bid of £150million for them to consider selling Declan Rice according to the Mirror.

    As a result, Chelsea believe Ibrahim Sangare would be better value for money.

    The Ivorian could be available for just £30million this summer after a standout season for PSV this campaign.

  • Alex Smith

    How Chelsea can upset Liverpool

    We are looking forward to tomorrow's FA Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool.

    With Fabinho out injured for Jurgen Klopp's side, how can the Blues exploit that potential weakness?

    Linked here is The Sun's tactical preview of the big game.

  • Alex Smith

    Perisic to Chelsea?

    Croatian international Ivan Perisic could be on his way to Chelsea.

    The Inter Milan player is capable of playing anywhere on the left-hand side, as a winger or wing-back.

    This versatility could tempt Thomas Tuchel into signing him especially with Marcos Alonso potentially departing the club.

  • Alex Smith

    Werner nearly went to Liverpool

    Chelsea striker Timo Werner has revealed he was close to joining Liverpool prior to joining the West London club.

    He said to the Mirror: “Of course Liverpool were also in my thoughts and were a big possibility for me.

    “But at the end I decided for Chelsea and I won the Champions League title last year so it was not the worst decision.”

  • Alex Smith

    Mount nominated for Young Player of the Season

    Mason Mount has been nominated for the Premier League's Young Player of the Season award.

    The 23-year-old has netted 11 goals this campaign.

    He has been nominated alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold, Aaron Ramsdale, Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden Tyrick Mitchell and Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher.

  • Alex Smith

    Broja to West Ham on loan?

    The Hammers hold an interest in Chelsea’s on loan star Armando Broja.

    However according to West Ham insider Claret and Hugh, they want to sign the 20-year-old on loan before any permanent outlay.

    While at Southampton, Broja has scored nine goals.

    There still remains a chance he stays at Stamford Bridge and fights for his place.

  • Alex Smith

    Chelsea should sign Lewandowski says Johnson

    Glen Johnson believes Chelsea should make a move for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.

    The Pole is believed to be nearing a move away from the Bundesliga champions.

    The ex-full-back said, "He is a more realistic signing, but these top, world-class strikers are hard to find.

    "For his age and the possibility of the deal actually happening, I'd say Chelsea should sign Lewandowski."

  • Alex Smith

    Johnson claims James is better than Trent

    Glen Johnson continued to say that he thinks Reece James is better than Trent Alexander-Arnold.

    He sid: "It's tough because I think they're both fantastic. 

    “I think Trent is just about better on the ball and certainly has got a better delivery, but to be fair to Reece that sounds harsh because he's fantastic as well.

    “I'd say Trent is better going forward and James is better defensively, but all round, I'd have to say Reece James is better.”

  • Alex Smith

    Johnson says Mount his PL Player of the Year

    Former Chelsea defender Glen Johnson has said that Mason Mount is his Premier League Player of the Season.

    Despite the midfielder not being nominated for the official award, Johnson claims he should win it.

    He said to Lord Ping, "I wouldn't say he's gone under the radar because he's been great, but everything Chelsea do well, Mason is involved.

    "Even though they've not hit the heights they are capable of this season, he's always performed. 

    “He always works his socks off, he's always involved in chances and goals so I'd probably go for Mason Mount."

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