Chelsea have £51m bid for Achraf Hakimi turned down by Inter Milan


Chelsea have submitted a bid in the region of £51.5m to sign Inter Milan defender Achraf Hakimi, according to reports.

He joined Inter in a £36m deal from Real Madrid last summer and played a major role in the club’s successful Serie A season under Antonio Conte this campaign.

Inter, however, are open to selling some of their important players in the current window in order to raise funds and Hakimi, who can play on either flank, has already attracted interest from several teams.

According to Sky Sport Italia, both Chelsea and PSG have tabled offers of €60m (£51.5m) but the Serie A side are holding out for a fee closer to €80m (£68.7m) for the player.

The report also claims that the blues have the edge over PSG as they can include two players – Emerson Palmieri and Andreas Christensen – as part of their offer to sign Hakimi.

It’s believed that Inter would be keen on signing either Emerson or Christensen from Chelsea and allowing Hakimi to leave the Italian club.

Emerson played only 89 minutes in the Premier League for Chelsea this campaign and has already been urged by Italy manager Roberto Mancini to leave Stamford Bridge.

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‘It showed that he cared about me,’ Emerson told The Telegraph when quizzed about Mancini’s advice to leave the blues.

‘He wants to see me doing well, so he said that perhaps it would be best for me if I headed to another ambitious team where I could play as much as possible and raise my game again.

‘He expressed this wish, but we know that sometimes in football, it depends on other things, a number of factors. It’s not only up to me. All I can promise, whenever I’m with the national team, is to run and play to the last drop of sweat.’


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