Chelsea’s transfer ban spared us the endless deluge of laughable, ridiculous, and occasionally reasonable rumours last summer, but we won’t be so lucky this year. No matter what pandemic engulfs the world, the rumour mill will keep turning and churning to feed the hungry masses.
Today the Mirror comes in with an interesting story on Chelsea approaching Real Madrid for their young fullback, Achraf Hakimi, who is currently on loan at Borussia Dortmund.
With Azpilicueta on the wrong side of 30 and our other two left backs, Emerson and Alonso showing consistently inconsistent form over the past two years, Chelsea certainly could do worse than bringing in a young modern attacking fullback like Hakimi, who is versatile enough to play on both flanks as well as in midfield when needed.
Hakimi notched 4 goals and 10 assists in 33 appearances in all competitions this season and has grown into a reliable defender after a dodgy campaign last season. Hakimi’s profile fits right into the type of players Lampard has been searching for to execute his high tempo attacking style of football.
All that said, Chelsea surely face a tough task in winning this race since many clubs have lined up for his services already, including his parent club, who themselves could use a player of this mould. Hakimi’s contract runs through June 2022 and contains a £50million release clause. The player’s representatives have already met with Real, reportedly making it clear that Achraf staying would depend on gametime prospects, which means that his future could depend on what Real head coach, Zinedine Zidane is planning.
Reece James and Achraf Hakimi operating together on either flank would surely be a sight to behold.