Arsenal ‘chasing’ £34m Inter Milan star that Ronaldo labelled ‘extraordinary’

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Arsenal are reportedly eyeing a move for Inter Milan full-back Achraf Hakimi this summer, with Hector Bellerin's future at the Emirates uncertain.

The likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Barcelona have all been linked with a move for Bellerin, with ESPN reporting that the defender wanted to leave Arsenal last season.

The report claims Mikel Arteta convinced Bellerin to stay for one more season on the condition that Arsenal would consider allowing him to leave in the summer.

Arsenal have already been linked with several potential replacements, with Brighton star Tariq Lamptey and Norwich's Max Aarons said to be of interest.

Now, according to a report from the Daily Telegraph, Hakimi is also on the Gunners' radar, with Arsenal hoping to take advantage of the current financial uncertainty surrounding Inter.

Their majority owners, Suning Holdings Group, recently halted operations at Chinese Super League champions Jiangsu FC and they are said to have been seeking external investment in Inter for several months.

The report also claims that Chelsea are interested Hakimi, who joined Inter from Real Madrid in a £34m deal last summer.

Former Inter and Real star Ronaldo is a big fan of the 22-year-old, claiming he was "one of Inter's best deals of the last ten years" back in January.

Speaking to Italian outlet Gazetta Dello Sport, the legendary striker said: "Achraf Hakimi is an extraordinary player.

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  • "Real were wrong to let him go like that. It is one of Inter's best deals of the last ten years.

    "Every now and then I think to myself, 'Ronie, imagine yourself with Hakimi.' We would have been at an indecent speed."

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