Reported Chelsea target Achraf Hakimi is ‘well aware’ about the one condition that could determine where he ends up this summer.
The 22-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to both the Blues and Paris Saint-Germain over the last few weeks, with the Blues matching the French club’s £56.1million bid last week, according to Sky Sports.
The news outlet claimed that Inter Milan, Hakimi’s current club, are ‘more open’ to Chelsea’s offer because of their interest in left-back Emerson Palmieri and central defender Andreas Christensen.
However, according to CaughtOffside, PSG is the ‘favoured destination’ for the Morocco international this summer despite reported interest from the newly-crowned champions of Europe.
The Real Madrid academy product only moved to Inter last summer, but the Italian club’s financial situation is reportedly forcing them to place some of their star players on the transfer market.
‘Sources close to Hakimi’ fully expect him to leave the San Siro this summer following apparent interest from two European powerhouses.
Hakimi has extended family in Paris, the report claims, who are all avid supporters of PSG, but there is also another factor the Inter star is ‘well aware’ of.
The Moroccan knows that the deciding factor over his future may well be down to money, with Inter in need of a big windfall before the start of next season.
Chelsea will not want to have a one-on-one bidding war with PSG, who are very wealthy themselves, but Roman Abramovich has shown in the past that he is more than willing to pay huge money for someone he feels the west London club needs.
Hakimi has been used at Inter under previous manager Antonio Conte as a right wing-back. He has previously spoken about his favoured position, with the former Borussia Dortmund loanee being used in various roles down the right-hand side.
The summer window is officially open and now the Blues can look to build on European glory and bolster the squad to push for Premier League supremacy.
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“I think I like the right-back role – but I like to go on the attack all the time,” Hakimi told BBC Sport after joining Inter last summer.
“I like to play as a winger too, and sometimes I feel as if I want to play as a striker. But I think right-back is good.”
Thomas Tuchel used Callum Hudson-Odoi, Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James as a right wing-back at different times in 2020/21.