Arsenal have set their sights on Inter Milan right-back Achraf Hakimi in the summer.
The 22-year-old Moroccan international – who can also play on the left or the right wing, – has enjoyed a fine season with Inter, featuring in all but one of their league games, and helping them to a six-point lead at the top of Serie A.
But like many of his teammates, his future at the club is now uncertain because of the club’s financial position.
Inter are majority owned by the Chinese Suning Group Holdings who recently pulled the plug on Jiangsu FC, only months after they had won the Chinese Super League for the first time.
There are concerns that they are ready to scale back their support for Inter, and the club may have to sell some of their biggest stars to raise funds. Achraf, who is valued at £40 million could be one of them.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.