Chelsea may have found another gear in their attempts to get a deal for Inter Milan star Achraf Hakimi over the line.
Having won the UEFA Champions League crown last month, Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel is keen to take his side to the next level and watch them compete for the Premier League title next season.
The Blues, who will face London rivals Crystal Palace on the opening day of the 2021/22 Premier League campaign, have aspirations to add new blood to the squad this summer, with Tuchel believed to be on the hunt for three new additions.
One of those, as it has been very well documented in the last couple of weeks, is Inter Milan right wing-back Hakimi, with the right-side of the Blues’ squad, in the eyes of Tuchel, in need of strengthening.
Chelsea are said to have lodged an opening offer of £56.1million on June 9, matching the bid already on the table from French giants Paris Saint-Germain. At the time, it was reported that Inter wanted £68.8m for the attack-minded Morocco international.
However, the Blues may have come up with an alternative method to get a deal over the line for the former Real Madrid man without increasing their opening offer.
That is because, according to Sky Italy, as cited by SempreInter, Chelsea are ready to use Marcos Alonso as a bargaining tool within the deal to try and get it wrapped up. It is reported that Inter are now locked in talks with Alonso over personal terms and are keen to take him to the San Siro.
It is also reported that by a deal for Hakimi being concluded it would act as a huge boost to Inter and their financial troubles, with it claimed that they need to have raised €70m (£60m) by June 30.
Considering Alonso is now discussing personal terms with Inter, it suggests that Chelsea are confident a deal can be concluded. But if talks with Alonso were to break down, the Blues have other options that they may be able to put to Inter, including fellow defender Andreas Christensen.
If Chelsea were to successfully get a deal done for Hakimi, featuring Alonso going the other way, it would see Marina Granovskaia repeat a transfer trick from the club from 2006, when they agreed a player-plus-cash deal with Arsenal to sign Ashley Cole – who went on to become one of the club’s greatest left-backs.
That deal saw William Gallas head in the opposite direction.