Chelsea’s hopes of bringing Achraf Hakimi to Stamford Bridge appear to have taken a blow with their opening bid having been ‘turned down’ by Inter Milan.
According to Sky Sport Italia, the Blues offered £51.5million (€60m) for the Moroccan defender in an effort to bring him to west London this summer. Paris Saint-Germain have also reportedly entered the market for the former Real Madrid starlet, having matched Chelsea’s opening bid.
However, that has seemingly not been enough to satisfy those at the San Siro, with Inter said to be holding out for closer to £68.7m (€80m) for the wing-back.
Hope is not all lost for Chelsea, however, with it being claimed the club could offer two current players to Inter as a sweetener in any deal for Hakimi.
According to the reports, Danish defender Andreas Christensen and Emerson Palmieri could both be considered as makeweights this summer by Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia.
Starting his career with Real Madrid, it was with Borussia Dortmund that Hakimi initially caught the eye.
On a two-year loan at the Signal Iduna Park, the now 22-year-old burst onto the scene with 12 goals and 17 assists over his two seasons with Dortmund.
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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That convinced Antonio Conte’s Inter to bring him to Italy, where he played a key role in their recent Serie A title success with seven goals and ten assists in the league alone.
He still has four years left to run on the contract he signed with Inter only last summer.
Chelsea have also been linked with Hakimi’s current teammate Romelu Lukaku but the Belgian striker looks set to remain in Italy.