Media outlets around the world don’t sleep; their rumour mills run around the clock, and there have been a few stories involving Arsenal in the last few days.
One of those involves Inter Milan right-back Achraf Hakimi. It seems that the Serie A club’s owners, Suning Holdings Group will be closing down their Chinese Super League project Jiangsu FC, and there are concerns that they could be forced to withdraw much of their so far generous financial support to Inter as well. Club chairman Steven Zhang has played down speculations about a forthcoming sale or takeover, but many believe the Nerazzurri will still have to generate significant funds through player sales, and according to The Telegraph, Arsenal have been ‘alerted’ to a possible availability of Hakimi.
At the moment, the Gunners don’t appear to need a player in that position, but Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus have both been credited with strong interest in Hector Bellerin, and the situation would change drastically if the Spaniard were to leave the Emirates this summer.
Hakimi came through the ranks at Real Madrid, but having been unable to nail down a starting spot, he spent two years on loan with Borussia Dortmund before being sold to Inter for a reported fee of around €40 million last summer. This term, he has made 33 appearances in all competitions in the black-and-blue shirt, scoring six goals and assisting six more. The 22-year-old is an important player in Antonio Conte’s team, and the only Serie A game he’s missed completely so far was a 3-0 win over Genoa on the last day of February, for which he was under a yellow-card suspension. His contract with Inter runs until the summer of 2025, and regardless of whether Inter really need the money or not, he isn’t very likely to come cheap.
Chelsea are also believed to be watching the situation closely.