Inter Milan set £69m Achraf Hakimi asking price amid reported Arsenal interest
According to Corriere dello Sport, Inter Milan are in no rush to sell Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal target Achraf Hakimi.
The Serie A champions are in desperate need of the funds that could potentially be raised through the Moroccan’s exit. But Inter do not feel PSG are close to matching their demands and will hold out for an improved offer.
PSG Sporting Director Leonardo expects a fight to seal a deal for the full-back. He was met with several hurdles last year while negotiating Mauro Icardi’s move from the San Siro to France.
One major hurdle is that Inter Milan value Hakimi at €80million (£69m), a year after paying Real Madrid €45m (£39m). Yet the Nerazzurri hope to sell Hakimi by the end of the month to appease their need for funds.
The San Siro outfit parted company with Antonio Conte recently as Inter’s owner, the Suning group, have urged cost-cutting measures. Among them were demanding Conte slashed his wage bill by 15 to 20 per cent along with selling some players.
But Inter are not afraid to wait for an improved bid with interest building from Bayern Munich and Chelsea. Either entering the race would see Hakimi’s value increase beyond the €60m (£52m) PSG are currently considering.
Arsenal have also been linked, with the Gunners’ Technical Director Edu a fan of the 22-year-old (football.london). But a move is unlikely with Goal journalist Charles Watts claiming Hakimi is too expensive for Mikel Arteta’s side.
TBR’s view: Hakimi will not join Arsenal
While Edu is noted to be a fan of Hakimi and the full-back would solve Arsenal’s need in the position, he is unlikely to be moving to the Emirates. The Moroccan was already considered too expensive for the Gunners before Inter held firm at their £69m demands.
Interest from PSG, Chelsea and Bayern Munich would be expected to take Arsenal out of the race for Hakimi altogether. The three sides starting a bidding war would suit Inter’s quest but not Arsenal’s pursuit.
Hakimi would have been a great pick up for Arteta if a deal was possible, though. The 34-cap international offered seven goals and 11 assists in the Serie A last season. He was also lauded by Lucien Favre while on loan at Borussia Dortmund before moving to Italy.
“You can tell that he likes to get forward,” Favre said, via quotes by Bundesliga.com. “He’s very young, but he’s worked very well. He’s quick, a talented dribbler and comfortable with one-on-ones. He has a big future ahead of him and a huge amount of untapped potential.”
Arsenal would benefit from all of the traits Favre praised, but at a price Edu and Arteta cannot seemingly meet.
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