Chelsea sacrifice two stars after overtaking PSG in bid for attacking threat
Chelsea have made a bid for Inter Milan wing-back Achraf Hakimi and are willing to send two players the other way, according to a report.
After winning the Champions League, Chelsea are now looking to invest in more players to mount a better Premier League title challenge. They spent heavily last summer and are prepared to do so again. Signing a new striker is a priority, but they are also looking at wing-back Hakimi.
The Morocco international has established himself as one of the best in the world in recent years. After two seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund from Real Madrid, he joined Inter permanently in the summer of 2020.
He has flourished in Serie A, providing seven goals and eight assists in his debut campaign there. His marauding presence down the right flank was a major element of Inter’s title success.
But now their finances are not in a good shape and they may have to sacrifice some players. After the season he had, Hakimi is one of the most marketable that they can receive a high price for.
This has alerted Chelsea, who already have Reece James and Cesar Azpilicueta at right-back. However, both have played on the right of a back three in recent weeks, so the Blues may be looking for a specialist in the more advanced, wider role.
There aren’t many better than Hakimi, so Chelsea see a perfect opportunity to take him. And according to Sky Sport Italia expert Gianluca Di Marzio, the Blues have made their move.
Chelsea are rivalling Paris Saint-Germain for Hakimi’s signature, and Di Marzio claims the Blues have matched the French giants’ bid of €60m.
Chelsea offer duo in return
The Premier League outfit have two aces up their sleeve, though, as they are willing to send players in the opposite direction. They know that Inter are admirers of Emerson Palmieri and Andreas Christensen, so could insert them into the deal.
Emerson has fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea and has long been linked with a return to Italy. Former Blues boss Antonio Conte may have been a driving force behind those links, but even after his exit from Inter, the Nerazzurri remain keen.
Christensen, meanwhile, played in less than half of Chelsea’s league matches in 2020-21. His fortunes improved under Thomas Tuchel and he came on in the Champions League final to make a positive impression, but he still faces an uncertain future.
With both players on offer to Inter, Chelsea could come closer to the rumoured €80m price tag the Serie A side want for Hakimi.
Inter reportedly want to come to a conclusion shortly, so they can balance the books on time.
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