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Chelsea have emerged as a strong contender for Inter Milan wingback Achraf Hakimi, who is valued at around £69 million by the Italian outfit. Chelsea, along with PSG, are understood to have made an offer of £51.8 million, according to Sky Sports. The interest comes as a surprise, but Chelsea have been following the progress of the 22-year-old for a while.
Hakimi is a wingback who can play on both sides of the pitch. After coming through the ranks at Real Madrid and playing for Borussia Dortmund in a loan spell, Hakimi made the switch to Inter only last summer for £35 million. He was a regular fixture in the title-winning squad assembled by Antonio Conte. The defender made 37 appearances in the league and even ended up scoring seven goals. His immense pace and energy were vital in the 3-5-2 formation deployed by Conte.
The interest in Hakimi does raise questions about the future of some Chelsea defenders. It is almost certain that Emerson would leave Stamford Bridge this summer, while Marcos Alonso could also follow suit after failing to hold on to a starting spot under Thomas Tuchel. Ben Chilwell and Recce James, though, were instrumental in securing the club’s second Champions League title and a top-four finish.
Hakimi’s arrival could be a major threat for Chilwell or James. The Moroccan international is under contract with Inter Milan until 2025. His wages are quite high at around £75,000/week after tax and Chelsea may have to shell out in excess of £150,000/week if they are to entice the player.
PSG’s presence does provide a problem for Chelsea. However, Inter Milan would definitely be selling in this market, as financial problems have forced the club to take drastic measures.
Chelsea do provide the prospect of being able to offer Emerson in a swap deal for Hakimi.