Chelsea table improved Hakimi part-exchange offer
Chelsea have increased their offer for Inter star Achraf Hakimi to €50 million plus one of Emerson Palmieri, Davide Zappacosta, Mateo Kovacic or Tammy Abraham, according to the Corriere dello Sport.
Hakimi looks likely to leave Inter this summer just a year after arriving at San Siro as the Italian giants are engulfed in a financial crisis.
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The Serie A champions need to make €100 million in sales by the end of June, while salary cuts of around 15 to 20 per cent are also being enforced on staff members.
Hakimi has been chosen as the favoured player to be sacrificed if Inter’s asking price of €80m is met.
PSG v Chelsea for Hakimi
PSG were considered favourites for the right wing-back’s signature, tabling an initial €60m offer and having already agreed personal terms.
But this week, Chelsea entered the race for Hakimi’s signature by making their own offer which Inter considered too low.
According to the Corriere dello Sport, Chelsea have now increased their bid to €50m plus a choice from one of four players.
Four players offered in part exchange
Emerson, Zappacosta, Kovacic and Abraham are all available for transfer this summer having fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
Kovacic, of course, was a former Inter player having worn the Nerazzurri shirt from 2012 to 2015.
Emerson is regarded as Inter’s favoured option, as the club ideally would like to sign a left wing-back this summer with Ashley Young unlikely to renew his expiring deal.
Inter have been in adamant in negotiations, though, with both Chelsea and PSG that they will not sell Hakimi unless their €80m valuation is met.
If it is not met, then Inter will consider keeping Hakimi and selling another of their first-team stars.
Lautaro Martinez is considered the most likely sacrificial lamb if Hakimi does indeed stay.