Competing with Paris Saint-Germain for his signature, the Blues have reportedly plotted a swap deal involving current defender Marcos Alonso.
The Spaniard appears unlikely to have a future at Stamford Bridge beyond the summer, with Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel preferring England international Ben Chilwell.
Meanwhile, the arrival of Alonso has reportedly been approved by Inter’s newly appointed boss Simone Inzaghi.
However, there is a potential problem in Marina Granovskaia’s plan in that Inter’s current wing-back option Ivan Perisic must be sold in order for the Serie A champions to accept any deal involving Alonso.
According to FCinternews, a sale of the Croatian international this summer is “essential” should the swap deal be accepted.
A finalist of the World Cup in 2018, the 32-year-old is out of contract next summer and is apparently being eyed by Bundesliga clubs which could potentially make a sale a little easier.
The two-time German champion has represented the likes of Borussia Dortmund and VfL Wolfsburg throughout his career, whilst also spending the 2019/20 season on-loan with Bavarian giants Bayern Munich.
According to L’Interista in recent days, the Croatian has already been in talks with Hertha Berlin and Eintracht Frankfurt regarding a potential transfer.
Meanwhile, it has previously been reported that a number of clubs in the Premier League have enquired over his signature including Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United – interest which could thus help Chelsea in their pursuit of Hakimi.