TRANSFER NEWS: CHELSEA MATCH PSG’S £56.1M OFFER FOR INTER WING BACK ACHRAF HAKIMI

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By Mukwuzi Joseph

Paris Saint-Germain have agreed a record deal to sign Inter defender Achraf Hakimi.The full-back only joined Inter last summer, but was a key target for PSG and manager Mauricio Pochettino.Hakimi won the Serie A title with Inter in his first year at the club, impressing throughout the campaign, scoring seven times and providing eight assists in the league.

Andreas Christensen and Emerson Palmieri are both players liked by Inter, but neither is currently included in the proposal made by Chelsea for Hakimi.Hakimi joined Inter for £36m last summer following an impressive two-year spell at Borussia Dortmund. However, the Italian champions now need to sell at least one of their prize assets to ease cash flow concerns.Chelsea, who spent over £200m on new signings last summer, have also been linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland as they look for a new centre forward.

There is arguably no better right back/right wing back in Europe right now than Hakimi, and so Chelsea’s capture of the Moroccan would be quite the statement of intent.However, is he really a priority? If Chelsea are going to spend £56.1m or more on a single player this summer, wouldn’t that money be better invested in an area of the pitch they are weak in?Hakimi’s arrival at Stamford Bridge would almost certainly stunt the development of Reece James. Even if the plan is to use the England international on the right side of a back three with Hakimi as the wing back, aren’t Chelsea already well stocked here?A move to PSG would make more sense given how desperate they are for reinforcements in the full back positions. A transfer to Chelsea, though, would throw up a lot of questions.




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