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Inter Milan reject Chelsea bid for Achraf Hakimi, want cash only — report

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Cash & carry

FC Internazionale Training Session Photo by Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain and now Chelsea, too, are the two teams leading the charge for Hakimi, having made matching €60m bids, but with the Blues attempting to sweeten the deal by offering the possibility of including Emerson Palmieri or Andreas Christensen in the arrangement.

However according to La Gazzeta dello Sport (via Sport Witness), Inter Milan have knocked back that bid, as it falls short of their valuation. Oh, and they want cash only, to help balance their books, which is why they’re offering up Hakimi in the first place.

The gap between the matching bids and Inter’s asking price remains a not-insurmountable €15-20m, and while Inter do remain interested in Emerson, they want to keep those (future) negotiations separate.

Coughing up €75-80m for Hakimi would make him one of the most expensive signings in club history, though he would be yet another young (just 22) and exciting player in the fold — especially if we were to continue with wing-backs and three-men defenses, presumably with Reece James moving to right-center back as his primary role.