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Chelsea ‘could enter Achraf Hakimi bidding war’ as they join Arsenal and PSG in transfer for £70m Inter star


CHELSEA have entered the race to sign £70million-rated Inter Milan star Achraf Hakimi, according to reports.

The Serie A champions are actively looking to sell one of their big-name stars this summer to raise some much-needed money.

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Chelsea have joined Arsenal and PSG in the race to sign Inter Milan star Achraf Hakimi, say reports

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Chelsea have joined Arsenal and PSG in the race to sign Inter Milan star Achraf Hakimi, say reportsCredit: Getty

The decision played a pivotal role in Antonio Conte quitting the San Siro – with the Italian now linked with the top job at Tottenham.

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Hakimi, 22, appears to be the man on the way out, with Paris Saint-Germain having already launched a £52m bid.

The Ligue 1 giants’ first attempt was swiftly knocked back by Inter, with the Italian champions holding out for bids of around £70m.

Arsenal have already expressed an interest as they hunt for a new right-back, with Hector Bellerin – the club’s longest-serving player – expected to leave this summer.

And now Chelsea have joined the hunt for Hakimi, according to Sky Italia.

The 34-cap Morocco international only joined Inter Milan from Real Madrid last summer in a deal worth up to £40.5m having spent the two previous seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund.

But the Blues are impressed with Hakimi’s versatility, able to play at right-back, right-wing-back and a more attacking role.

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The ex-Los Blancos ace scored seven times and added a further ten assists in 37 Serie A games as Inter stormed to the title.

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However, Inter’s desire to sell Hakimi is bad news for Chelsea, with Romelu Lukaku now likely to stay.

The Belgian, 28, spearheaded Conte’s attack in their title-winning 2020-21, but the financial concerns surrounding the club led to rumours of a return to Stamford Bridge for the striker.

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With the Milan giants now seemingly looking to sell Hakimi in order to keep Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez together, Chelsea could be forced to look elsewhere for a new centre-forward.

The Blues are in the running to sign Harry Kane, but face competition from Manchester City and United.

Meanwhile, Inter Milan are set to appoint ex-Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi as their new manager to replace Conte.

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