Inter Milan’s financial difficulties could push former Arsenal target Achraf Hakimi towards the Premier League this summer.

UDINE, ITALY: Achraf Hakimi of FC Internazionale looks on during the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio and FC Internazionale at Dacia Arena on January 23, 2021. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)
UDINE, ITALY: Achraf Hakimi of FC Internazionale looks on during the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio and FC Internazionale at Dacia Arena on January 23, 2021. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

The Athletic report that despite Hakimi’s hugely positive impression in Serie A this season, Inter Milan may sell him to the Premier League in the summer anyway.

The Serie A club have major financial problems and had to delay payment to Real Madrid on their first instalment of the deal to sign Hakimi in the first place. The player would be open to a move to the Premier League and already has suitors.

Arsenal reportedly tracked the player heavily in the past and their scouts recommended the signing. It was a strong possibility until he made such great progress at Borussia Dortmund that his value skyrocketed.

Arsenal considered him again over the summer, but were put off by the price and their preference to hold onto Hector Bellerin. He’d cost around £40m this summer.

22 years old with a wealth of experience already behind him and 11 goal contributions from 27 games at wing-back this season, Hakimi would be an excellent signing, and he represents good value even at £40m.

Whether Arsenal can afford to allocate the funds for that kind of deal, we’ll see. It may hinge on whether or not Bellerin remains with the club – with Barcelona potentially interested in him.

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