Premier League giants Arsenal and Chelsea are competing to sign right-back Achraf Hakimi from crisis-club Inter Milan.
Inter’s owners, Suning Holdings Group, have recently announced they would be closing down their Chinese Super League team, Jiangsu FC soon.
It has led to speculation that they could also be forced to step away from the San Siro – although chairman Steven Zhang has repeatedly dismissed rumours of a sale or takeover.
The club may still need to raise significant funds causing Antonio Conte to look at clearing his squad by selling more players.
The 22-year-old Hakim is a potential casualty, with London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea interested.
The Gunners have been in the market looking for a potential replacement for Hector Bellerin, who is probably moving to either PSG or Juventus.
It is understood Arsenal were alerted to Hakimi’s potential availability.
But Chelsea are also interested in the defender, who joined Inter from Real Madrid for £34million last summer, will strengthen the Chelsea squad.
Even with Reece James’ emergence in the first-team, Callum Hudson-Odoi’s recent run at wingback and Cesar Azpilicueta’s ability to cover at full-back.
Hakimi was struggling for playing time at Madrid, Hakimi was later sent on loan to Borussia Dortmund for two seasons from 2018 to 2020.
Dortmund tried to make the deal permanent after the Moroccan proved himself as one of the best young talented player in Germany.
Hakimi later signed a five-year contract with Inter and has impressed everyone by scoring six goals with four assists.
He has also helped the club to league leaders, six points ahead of neighbours AC Milan.