Chelsea have withdrawn themselves to sign Inter’s wing back Achraf Hakimi. The Champions league winners have accepted their defeat in front of PSG. PSG have completed the signing of the Moroccan and are set to announce the deal in the coming days.
He has had personal terms agreed on with Paris Saint Germain since the beginning of the transfer window. Inter are likely to receive €65 million up-front for the player.
Chelsea withdraw from Achraf Hakimi transfer battle
According to La Gazzetta Dello Sport, the London club are not going to make a fresh bid for Achraf Hakimi because Paris Saint Germain look set to meet Inter’s financial demands.
Hakimi agreed a five-year contract with PSG worth €10m (£8.6m) per season including bonuses. Playing for the French club has always been his priority over Chelsea. Chelsea offered 55M euros along with Marcus Alonso & David Zappacosta as a part of the deal but the bid was rejected by Inter.
Inter bought Achraf Hakimi from Real Madrid for 40M euros with a five-year contract. He was loaned to Borussia Dortmund between 2018-20 from Santiago. Hakimi had a sensational season with Inter scoring 7 goals in 37 league appearances. He also helped Inter win the Serie A title after 11 years.
But Inter are willing to make significant financial cuts following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, which led to Conte leaving his job just last month. Conte left the club because his plans did not match with the club’s intentions. Conte wanted to continue with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Christian Eriksen, Achraf Hakimi, Lautaro Martinez and more.
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“FC Internazionale Milano can confirm that an agreement has been reached with Antonio Conte for the termination of his contract by mutual consent,” read a club statement.
“The club would like to thank Antonio for the extraordinary work that he has done, culminating in Inter’s 19th top-flight title. Antonio Conte will forever remain a part of our club’s history”.
Achraf Hakimi’s agent Alejandro Camano hinted earlier that the former Real Madrid man will be the next big-name to leave Inter this summer, following the recent exit of former manager Antonio Conte.
“The only one who is going to leave Inter for now is Hakimi who is also representing him,” Camano said.
“We have to work on the Lautaro issue but there is still no clear situation.”