Chelsea are weighing up an improved bid for Moises Caicedo despite Brighton dismissing their initial £55m offer and declaring he was not for sale this month.
The Ecuador international has been the subject of strong interest from Chelsea and Liverpool as the underperforming sides seek to strengthen the centre of their respective midfields.
Chelsea have tested Brighton with an initial offer of £55million and the Blues are now considering following that up with an improved bid for the midfield star.
The Blues reportedly offered both Emerson Palmieri and Andreas Christensen as part of their bid but the Serie A champions are said to be only willing to let the Moroccan leave if a cash “only” offer is made.
Hakimi is valued at around €75m (£64.5m) by the Nerazzurri, and they need money in order to pay Real Madrid the rest of the €40m (£34.4m) they owe for signing him from the La Liga side last summer.
Paris Saint-Germain have already tabled a €60m (£51.6m) bid for Hakimi and they are expected to return with an improved offer for the 22-year-old, while Bayern Munich are also believed to be in the running.
Chelsea will be hesitant to spend a significant amount of their transfer budget on Hakimi, especially if they need to devote most of their funds to finance a bid for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, so we shall see if they make another proposal for the Inter star.