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Chelsea favourites to sign Hakimi
According to The Times, Chelsea have moved ahead of Paris Saint-Germain in the race to sign Achraf Hakimi from Inter Milan.
The report claims that the Italian club are willing to do a deal to sell the Moroccan international as they need to raise funds in this summer’s transfer market and reduce their wage bill, despite winning the Serie A title last season.
Hakimi played an important role as a wing-back in that triumph, but their financial situation means he could be on the move again just one year after moving to Italy from Real Madrid.
While it is believed Chelsea are yet to submit a bid for the player, Paris Saint-Germain’s offer fell significantly short of Inter’s asking price, leaving the door open for the Blues.
The report also states Thomas Tuchel is interested in signing Hakimi to increase competition at wing-back, meaning Reece James’ place in the squad is not in any threat.
Henry in awe of Kante talent
France and Premier League legend Thierry Henry has joined those expressing their admiration for N’Golo Kante amid rumours he could be in the running to win this year’s Ballon d’Or.