Chelsea are ahead of Paris Saint-Germain in the race to sign Achraf Hakimi, according to multiple reports from Italy.
The right-back’s agent admitted his client will leave Inter Milan this summer, and the Blues and PSG are the main candidates to acquire the player’s services.
According to Sky Italia, the two sides have ‘taken other steps’ to land the 22-year-old. The Serie A winners are demanding €75-80m for the Morocco international, and his ‘sacrifice is necessary to give oxygen’ to the San Siro club’s finances.
The valuation given by the Nerazzurri ‘doesn’t seem to scare suitors’, as the Champions League winners and Mauricio Pochettino’s side have moved again for the fullback.
Chelsea are ‘slightly ahead’ of PSG because they are closer to meeting Inter’s asking price, but will have to ‘increase the cash part’ to seal the deal.
The west London club’s offer includes ‘money and a counterpart’, as Chelsea are willing to include their own player as a part of the deal.
Over at Calciomercato, they state ‘Chelsea jump to pole position’ for the former Real Madrid man.
After Inter rejected Emerson Palmieri being included in the Hakimi operation, Chelsea have put Marcos Alonso ‘on the plate’. The Spaniard is appreciated by the San Siro club.
Chelsea, at the moment, ‘have strongly raised’ their proposal, ‘offering €60m in cash’ plus Alonso. This has helped them gain an advantage over PSG in the race to sign Hakimi.