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Reports in Italy claim Chelsea have upped their bid for Archaf Hakimi as they look to edge Paris Saint-Germain to a transfer deal. The Blues initially matched the offer on the table from the Parisians but now they are looking to win the race to sign the Moroccan as they target Premier League glory next season.
Hakimi only moved to the San Siro a year ago following two seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund.
But Inter’s financial problems away from the field mean they may struggle to keep their best players.
While Romelu Lukaku has already committed his future to the club, the likes of Hakimi and Lautaro Martinez could move on.
Inter need to raise up to £70million in player sales in order to balance the books.
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According to Italian newspaper Il Corriere dello Sport, Chelsea have offered Inter £43million plus Emerson Palmieri.
The report adds that Chelsea would be willing to include one more player in the deal.
Chelsea are currently considering adding Davide Zappacosta, Mateo Kovacic or Tammy Abraham into the deal.
Kovacic has of course played for Inter before while Zappacosta has spent most of his career in Serie A.
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It’s said that Inter would prefer straight cash for Hakimi in order to put it towards clearing debts.
Swap deals could also complicate their finances in terms of new contracts for potential incomings.
Chelsea are now looking to build on their Champions League success under Thomas Tuchel.
Although they already have one of the most exciting young right-backs in Europe at their disposal in Reece James, Chelsea want to strengthen in that department.
James can also play at right centre-back in the midfield three, while he has also enjoyed small stints in central midfield.
Hakimi and Erling Haaland have since emerged as Tuchel’s top two targets.
The former Real Madrid man is the perfect fit for Chelsea’s 3-4-2-1 formation which uses wing-backs.
While he is also comfortable in a back-four, Hakimi has played most of his football at Dortmund and Inter at wing-back.
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