special| Chelsea pounces on Hakimi and negotiates to sign Haaland


English club Chelsea has entered into intensive negotiations with its Italian counterpart, Inter, to include Moroccan defender Achraf Hakimi this summer, to accompany his compatriot Hakim Ziyech in the team.

Inter are ready to give up Hakimi during the current summer transfer period, due to the financial crisis the club is going through, which led to the departure of coach Antonio Conte.

Paris Saint-Germain is considered the party most interested in the Moroccan international, but Chelsea entered with full force during the past hours to kidnap the deal.

Private sources confirmed to Goal.com that Chelsea had expressed their willingness to offer 56.1 million pounds to sign Hakimi, the same amount offered by Paris.

On the other hand, Inter refuses to give up his player for a fee of less than 68.8 million pounds, which may force Chelsea to add some of its players such as Emerson Palmieri and Andreas Christensen to reduce the amount, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

This comes after the statements made by Hakimi’s agent, Alejandro Camano, saying: “There are no negotiations with Paris at the moment. He is fine at Inter. Will he stay with the club? It is difficult to say.”

Another deal that Chelsea aspires to make this summer, which is by signing Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, who has attracted the attention of many clubs such as Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester City and United.

Goal sources confirmed that Chelsea had to deal with Mino Raiola, the player’s agent, to complete the deal, despite his lack of a strong relationship with the Blues’ management.

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Chelsea are one of the few clubs that can afford the Norwegian striker’s deal, along with Manchester City, with Dortmund expected to demand more than £100m, in addition to his high salary.

Blues coach Thomas Tuchel puts Romelu Lukaku as an alternative target for Haaland, but the Italian team is not expected to dispense with his services.

As for Harry Kane, the Tottenham star prefers to move to one of the Manchester duo, whether City or United, rather than the local rivals of his team.

The contract with Haaland or Lukaku is expected to open the door to the departure of young English striker Tammy Abraham, in addition to French Olivier Giroud, despite his one-year extension.


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