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Report: Arsenal told to pay £42.5m to sign African star as replacement

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Report: Arsenal told to pay £42.5m to sign African star as replacement

Spanish newspaper AS have claimed that Arsenal will have to pay £42.5million to sign Inter Milan defender Achraf Hakimi this summer, amid reports that the Gunners are interested in signing the Morocco international.

Spain international Hector Bellerin, 26, has been linked with the exit door at The Emirates ahead of the summer window, with the report claiming he is being linked with a return to Barcelona – the club he left for Arsenal at 16 years of age.

As a replacement, Inter’s Hakimi has been linked with the Gunners. After a brilliant two-year stint on loan at Dortmund from Real Madrid, Hakimi has now starred for Inter in his first season with the Nerrazzuri – clocking up 35 appearances this term.

 

The right-back has scored six and created six, while also taking his tally of caps for Morocco to 31. The latest report claims that if Arsenal want to sign Hakimi, then they will have to spend a whopping £42.5million to nab his signature.

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TBR’s view – Hakimi would be a sensational signing

But do Arsenal have the funds required to blow more than £40million on a right-back? The Gunners are more in need of a central midfielder to partner Thomas Partey and perhaps a more effective winger – as well as Martin Odegaard, permanently.

Hakimi would be a brilliant, brilliant signing – the answer to the right-back slot for many years. But right now, Arsenal also have Cedric Soares and Calum Chambers and their limited budget would be better spent elsewhere.

Achraf Hakimi of Fc Internazionale  looks on during the

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