Report: Chelsea beaten in transfer race for 22-year-old

Paris Saint-Germain are close to beating Chelsea to the signing of Inter Milan star Achraf Hakimi following “decisive development” in the last hours, according to Calciomercato.

The Italian outlet claims Hakimi’s potential move to PSG has now entered its final stages.

The Ligue 1 runners-up have reportedly put an offer of €70million (£60m) plus bonuses on the table, which Inter deem an acceptable bid for the 22-year-old.

Calciomercato is not the only Italian media to make this claim.

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La Gazetta dello Sport runs a similar report, claiming the Morocco international is “one step away” from joining PSG.

In an earlier report, La Gazetta dello Sport detailed that while PSG were getting closer and closer to Inter Milan’s €80m (£68.3m) demand, Chelsea insisted on involving one of their players in their offer.

The Blues were reportedly convinced that they could tempt Inter with €50m (£42.7m) plus Marcos Alonso, or a lower fee plus the left-back and Davide Zappacosta together.

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It is easy to see why Chelsea are reportedly insistent on a player-plus-cash deal.

They have struggled to offload some players in the last year due to the pandemic situation and therefore have a hard time in trimming their squad.

However, Inter’s financial issue is said to be the reason they are selling Hakimi in the first place and as widely reported, they will have to balance their accounts by the end of this month.

The money PSG are reportedly offering for Hakimi would certainly help in this case, despite earlier reports about Inter’s being interested in Alonso.

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