Having taken over as Chelsea head coach towards the end of the January transfer window, this summer’s recently-opened window presents the first meaningful opportunity for Thomas Tuchel to put his own stamp of authority on his squad.
The German, who recently guided the club to their second UEFA Champions League triumph, is keen to bolster his squad this summer in a bid to transform the Blues back into genuine Premier League title contenders.
Tuchel is understood to be keen on signing three new players this summer, with a right-sided defender, a central-midfielder and a striker at the very top of his wish list.
Although Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland is considered as the German’s top target, Inter Milan ace Achraf Hakimi is another name on his wish list.
Strengthening the right wing-back berth is a top priority for Tuchel, and landing Hakimi would see him bolster that area of the team with one of the best wing-backs in European football.
However, if Chelsea are to land Hakimi this summer and lure him away from the San Siro they will have to get the better of Paris Saint-Germain, who are also in the running for his signature.
But with Chelsea in a strong financial position to land Hakimi this summer they will be hoping that they have an advantage. Here, football.london taken a close look at all the very latest concerning the Morocco international and Chelsea’s interest in his services.
Lodging their first official bid for the wing-back last week, Chelsea announced their interest in Hakimi’s services by tabling a £56.1million fee, as reported by Sky Sports.
That opening offer of £56.1million saw Chelsea match PSG’s opening bid, which was knocked back by Inter Milan.
However, Chelsea have retained their interest in the former Borussia Dortmund loanee, although they are yet to submit a new offer.
It is claimed that Inter would accept an offer £68.6million to let go of Hakimi.
Hakimi ‘wants’ France move
Although Chelsea are in a very strong financial position to complete some big-money deals this summer, Hakimi, according to reports in France, would prefer to seal a move to PSG.
His preference is to make a move to France and link-up with PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino, in turn snubbing a move to Stamford Bridge.
Like Chelsea, PSG want to sign a new right-sided defender and Hakimi is Pochettino’s top target.
Hakimi to leave Inter
Hakimi’s agent Alejandro Camano has hinted that the former Real Madrid man will be the next big-name to leave Inter this summer, following the recent exit of former manager Antonio Conte.
Inter are in financial difficulties at this moment in time and do need to cut their cloth in some areas in order to keep their finances in order.
And Camano has now hinted that Hakimi could be the one sacrificed to strengthen the Italian outfit’s budget.
“The only one who is going to leave Inter for now is Hakimi who is also representing him,” Camano said. “We have to work on the Lautaro issue but there is still no clear situation.”
Blues ‘ahead’ of PSG in battle
According to Sky Italia, Chelsea are in the driving seat to land the Moroccan this summer, insisting they have moved ‘ahead’ of PSG in the race to sign him.
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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They say both clubs have made improved offers for the defender, but Chelsea are in a better position.
That is because the Blues are closer to Inter’s valuation and could use Emerson Palmieri as part of a deal.
If they don’t use the Italian as a bargaining tool, Chelsea may also put Marcos Alonso or Andreas Christensen forward.