Mikel Arteta endorses Arsenal’s push to sign Inter defender Achraf Hakimi

Achraf Hakimi is on Arsenal’s radar ahead of the summer window (Getty)

Mikel Arteta welcomes Arsenal’s push to sign Inter right-back Achraf Hakimi, according to reports in Spain.

The Gunners are expected to be in the market for a new right-back this summer, with reports claiming that Arteta will allow Hector Bellerin to leave at the end of the season.

Hakimi joined Inter from Real Madrid last summer in a €40 million (£36.3m) deal and the Morocco international has played a key role for Antonio Conte’s side this season.

But according to AS, Inter are open to offers for the 22-year-old and would be willing to sell if their €50m (£42.7m) asking price is met.

The report claims that Arsenal are now preparing a ‘firm offer’ for Hakimi at the end of the season, while Arteta ‘welcomes’ the club’s desire to sign the defender.

Real Madrid have a first-refusal option if Inter decide to sell this summer but it’s understood that the Spanish champions do not intend to re-sign Hakimi.

Achraf Hakimi has impressed since joining Inter last summer (Getty)

Speaking about Arsenal’s transfer situation last month, Arteta confirmed that the club’s hierarchy are already lining up new signings ahead of the summer window.

‘We are planning everything for the summer, the same with the board, with [chief executive] Vinai [Venkatesham], with [non-executive director] Tim [Lewis], and with the owners,’ Arteta told Sky Sports.

‘We are very clear on how we want to do it.

‘When you have to change 10 or 12 things in one window [as in January] it’s a lot, and that has some consequences with what has happened in previous months and what is going to happen in the following months.

‘We still have quite a lot of things to do, but we will get to the point, hopefully, where it’s just ticking off a few things and the stability is there, because you need that as well to be consistent and be competitive.’

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