Chelsea are ready to make a push to sign Achraf Hakimi from Inter Milan in the summer, according to reports.
Hakimi is one of the most promising full-backs in the world. He showed his potential over a two-year loan spell with Borussia Dortmund from Real Madrid and has continued the bright start to his career since joining Inter in 2020.
So far this season, the Morocco international has scored six goals and provided three assists from 20 appearances (14 of which were starts) in Serie A.
Still only 22, Hakimi’s potential for further development is clear. It could put him in line for a transfer away from the Italian giants.
Inter are currently struggling financially, and for that reason, may have to sell some of their top assets in the summer.
According to Todofichajes, Hakimi is one of the players who may be sacrificed. Inter know they would be able to command a large fee for the right-back.
One of the interested parties is Chelsea. The report claims Thomas Tuchel has placed Hakimi high on his wish-list for his first summer transfer window as Chelsea boss.
In fact, it is suggested that Chelsea have already opened talks with Inter about a potential bid.
Inter will not sell Hakimi on the cheap. With that in mind, Chelsea are apparently willing to offer up to €50m for his services.
Todofichajes add that there are other suitors in the Premier League, without naming them. Meanwhile, The Athletic have reminded of Arsenal’s long-standing interest in the player.
Their report claims the Gunners could revive their pursuit of Hakimi if they sell Hector Bellerin. That would be the only way they could afford the former Real Madrid star.
It is the Blues, though, who are best placed for his signing, according to Todofichajes.
Tuchel currently has Reece James and Cesar Azpilicueta at his disposal on the right-hand side of defence. However, he used the latter as part of a back three in Chelsea’s most recent game, a 2-0 win over Burnley.
If Azpilicueta’s future is in a more central role, then Chelsea may need another option at wing-back. If Tuchel uses the same formation he did against Burnley on a regular basis, it would be one Hakimi would have no problems slotting into.
Chelsea also after Upamecano
Another defender Chelsea are looking at as a long-term reinforcement is Dayot Upamecano.
The RB Leipzig centre-back is in demand and it seems likely he will be on the move at the end of the season.
Bayern Munich are leading the race to sign him. But their chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed they are battling Chelsea and Liverpool for him.
He told Sky Germany recently: “In addition to Bayern Munich, there are at least two quite attractive clubs interested. The fact is that the player is interesting, and the fact is that we will almost certainly lose David Alaba in that position.
“I can’t say if there will be other departures in that position.
“The fact that Chelsea and Liverpool are also interested in him proves that he has very good qualities. He can replace David Alaba.”