Chelsea have apparently been interested in Inter Milan’s Achraf Hakimi for a while and could try to snap him up in the summer.

According the Athletic, Milan might have to sell the 22-year-old prodigy because of the club’s current financial predicament.

Hakimi joined the Serie A giants from Real Madrid for £36m (BBC Sport) in July and has since impressed in the Italian capital.

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MILAN, ITALY – 2021/01/30: Achraf Hakimi of FC Internazionale reacts during the Serie A 2020/21 match between FC Internazionale vs Benevento Calcio at the San Siro Stadium. (Final score; FC Internazionale 4-0 Benevento Calcio). (Photo by Fabrizio Carabelli/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

However, Inter failed to make the first instalment of his transfer after their cash flow had taken a serious hit due to the pandemic.

This may force their hand in having to release the Moroccan out into the market, where he has plenty of interested suitors that include Chelsea and Arsenal.

The Athletic stated that Chelsea have been aware of his talents for a long time, although the development of Reece James has made signing Hakimi less significant.

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His quality is undeniable and you just have to glance at the teams he has previously represented to understand his pedigree.

Hakimi rose through the ranks at Madrid and started to make a name for himself in the senior side before he moved to Borussia Dortmund on loan.

He soon announced himself as one of the best young talents in world football. Across two seasons in Germany, he scored 12 goals and assisted a further 17 in 73 appearances.

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DORTMUND, GERMANY – JUNE 17: Achraf Hakimi of Borussia Dortmund in action during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and 1. FSV Mainz 05 at the Signal Iduna Park on June 17, 2020 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Alexandre Simoes/Borussia Dortmund via Getty Images)

Although Hakimi had already gained attentions from across Europe, his agent increased his value by comparing him to one of Liverpool’s flying fullbacks.

“Achraf is the best right-back in the world along with (Trent) Alexander-Arnold,” Alejandro Camaño told Sky Germany last year.

Despite his side’s problems off the pitch, Hakimi has impressed on it. 11 goal contributions in 27 games have been one of the large reasons behind Inter’s title challenge this campaign.

Chelsea may want to keep a close eye on this saga. Thomas Tuchel has the Dortmund link so could use this in tempting Hakimi to join the Blues.

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You had my attention, now you have my curiosity. Hakimi is a brilliant player and would be an excellent addition if Chelsea could get him.

His versatility is what separates him from other stars of his age. He can play full-back, wing-back, or out wide and would fit perfectly into Tuchel’s new system.   

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