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Chelsea now ‘favorites’ for Achraf Hakimi; Marcos Alonso, Davide Zappacosta could be included — reports

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Hakimi on the move, but where is he going?

Achraf Hakimi of FC Internazionale in action during the... Photo by Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images

Achraf Hakimi is leaving Inter Milan, most likely, but it remains unclear where he might end up and time is running out for Inter to get the move done before the books on the current fiscal year close at the end of the month. As we know, transfer deals outside of deadline day move as slow as molasses.

Hakimi looked surely set for PSG not too recently, but those rumors took a turn towards Chelsea when PSG baulked at Inter’s asking price. And while Chelsea reportedly also aren’t willing to go above €60m (Inter looking for €80m), we can throw in a sweetener, which is now making us the “favorites”. With Inter supposedly keen on Marcos Alonso, the situation is ready made for a part-exchange, a rare occurrence but perhaps more likely in the post-pandemic football economy.

Reports over the past 24 hours, from the likes of Sky Italia and Gianluca Di Marzio, and others, are adding fuel to that fire, while noting that Inter have also met with Davide Zappacosta’s agent to sound out his situation. We might as well throw him in there, if we are truly interested in Hakimi — which still sounds somewhat unlikely, especially at that price, but this isn’t the first time we’ve been linked with him, and his qualities would certainly not go to waste here.