Mauricio Pochettino’s transfer plans could hand Chelsea a boost in their pursuit of Inter Milan star Achraf Hakimi. Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was expected to face competition from Paris-Saint Germain for the wing-back in the summer transfer window.
PSG are now reportedly closing in on the signing of Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier in a move which would see the defender reunited with his former Spurs manager.
And that could leave the way clear for Chelsea to sign Hakimi – if they can agree a deal with Inter.
Aurier is set to join PSG for €20million (£17m), signing on a four-year deal, according to Rudy Galetti.
The journalist pointed out that the signing of Aurier would make a move for Hakimi “more complicated”.
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And that will be a huge boost for Chelsea as they try to agree a fee with Inter over Hakimi.
The Blues have reportedly shown their interest in signing Hakimi as Tuchel targets a right-sided player – but it will take more than £51.5million to sign him.
It was reported that Inter had knocked back a bid from PSG for that amount – while Chelsea have made an improved offer, according to the Italian press.
According to II Corriere dello Sport, the Stamford Bridge side have offered €50m plus Emerson Palmieri for the versatile Moroccan.
The report suggests Chelsea will allow Inter to choose other players that could be used in the deal, including Davide Zappacosta, Mateo Kovacic and Tammy Abraham.
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Hakimi enjoyed an incredible season for Inter last season, scoring seven goals and providing 10 assists as the Italian club won Serie A.
But Inter face some financial difficulties this summer with owners, Suning, being hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
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