Report: Chelsea submit £51m bid and offer two of their players for Antonio Conte's signing

Chelsea have submitted an offer for Inter Milan defender Achraf Hakimi, with two players possibly involved in a potential swap deal, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

As widely reported before, Inter are facing some financial issues and might have to sell some of their key players to raise money this summer.

Reports suggest that it was the main reason Antonio Conte left the club in the first place despite leading them to their first Scudetto in 11 years.

According to Di Marzio, Hakimi is one of Inter’s prized assets that could be sold.

Since Hakimi actually joined Inter because of Conte in the first place, it will not be a surprise if he leaves this summer.

“I was convinced by the ambition of the project at this club and Conte’s words in our first phone call,” the defender told La Gazzetta dello Sport last month.

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Di Marzio also claims that two clubs are particularly interested; Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, and they have even submitted their offers close to €60million (£51.6m)

But Chelsea also reportedly proposed a potential swap deal involving not only Emerson Palmieri but also Andreas Christensen, which could tempt the Serie A side.

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How Hakimi could fit in at Chelsea

The Morocco international has mostly played as a right wing-back under Antonio Conte last season, with an impressive output of seven goals and eight assists from 37 Serie A appearances.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has recently had some successful experiments with Reece James as part of the back three.

This could leave a space for a new right wing-back since Cesar Azpilicueta does not seem really comfortable playing in that position at his age.

Chelsea actually had a brilliant young right-back talent in Tino Livramento who could fill that position. But when a player like Hakimi becomes available, the club might not want to miss the opportunity.

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