Although Inter Milan sit at the top of Serie A and in line for the Nerazzurri’s first Serie A title in over a decade, their financial woes are reportedly prompting them to sell one of their top performers.
After a successful loan spell at Borussia Dortmund, Hakimi moved to Inter from Real Madrid last season in a €40m move.
Chelsea have been reported as a transfer destination with Inter facing an uncertain financial future, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The Italian club’s owners, Chinese firm – Suning Holdings Group, shut down their Chinese club and current Chinese Super League title holders Juiangsu FC just months after the team won the competition.
Raising funds for the club could be another target this season, along with winning the Scudetto. London rivals Arsenal are being touted as another possible destination for the Moroccan international.
The 22-year-old has been a concrete starter in Antonio Conte’s 3-5-2 formation. Operating as a right wing back and often excelling in it. He has appeared 33 times for Inter this season, scoring six and assisting as much – registering 2,306 minutes (transfermarkt) in total.
Chelsea themselves have no shortage of full-backs. Reece James – who is seen as a future Chelsea starter, Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen are all capable of filling the full-back role.
David Alaba, Ibrahima Konate and Jose Maria Giminez are some other defenders to have been linked with a transfer Chelsea. Bolstering the defence should be the least of Chelsea’s concerns, having conceded just two since Tuchel’ appointment.