Report: Chelsea eye summer transfer for Inter Milan's Achraf Hakimi
Chelsea have entered the race to sign Achraf Hakimi following financial turmoil at Inter Milan, according to a report from Telegraph.
The 22-year-old joined Inter on a five-year deal last summer from Real Madrid after a great loan spell at Borussia Dortmund in 2019/20.
Inter are currently sitting at the top of Serie A table but might face financial issues despite a potentially successful campaign.
Their owners, Suning Holding Group, have shut down their Chinese clubs and there are concerns that it may have an impact on Inter.
The news, according to the Telegraph, has put several Premier League clubs, including Chelsea and Arsenal, on alert over potential transfer if Inter are willing to sell Hakimi this summer.
The report added that Chelsea consider the Morocco international as a player who could play further up the pitch, as Reece James is seen as a long-term right-back at the club.
Hakimi is certainly an interesting player that might suit Thomas Tuchel’s plan.
At Inter, he has already had six goals and four assists in Serie A and mostly played as a right wing-back in Antonio Conte’s 3-5-2 system.
Obviously, Tuchel already has Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi for the same role in his 3-4-3 formation and they have played really well.
But as we saw in Everton win on Monday, Hudson-Odoi offers more as a left winger.
Hakimi’s arrival would give Tuchel another right wing-back option and allow Hudson-Odoi to operate as a winger.