CHELSEA, Arsenal and Manchester City are set for a transfer tussle for Inter Milan’s £35million full-back Achraf Hakimi.
The Moroccan star only arrived from Real Madrid last summer but a growing financial crisis at Inter may force the Italian giants to cash in.
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Hakimi has reportedly been tipped by Arsenal scouts as a potential replacement for Hector Bellerin, while Chelsea are long-term admirers of the former Borussia Dortmund loanee.
Now Manchester City are hoping to trump their Premier League rivals in the summer, according to Calciomercato.
The 22-year-old has been one of the stars for Antonio Conte’s men this season as they sit just two points behind bitter rivals AC Milan at the top of Serie A.
The struggle for funds at Inter has seen them miss a payment instalment on the deal which took Hakimi from the Bernabeu and the Italians have been forced to agree a new deadline in March.
Now they could lose him altogether with the Premier League trio sensing an opportunity to secure one of the most highly rated young full-backs in world football.
Hakimi plays as a right wing-back for Inter in Conte’s 3-5-2 system, but can also play as a right back or on the left.
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Born in Madrid to Moroccan parents – and boasting 32 caps for the African nation – Hakimi rose through the ranks at Real after joining them aged just eight.
It was at Borussia Dortmund, however, where he made his name, having joined on loan in 2018. His two seasons in the Bundesliga allowed Real Madrid to cash in, selling him to Inter for £35million.
With coronavirus plunging Inter’s balance sheet in the red, they are now vulnerable to a bid just a year later from the cash-rich Premier League sides.
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