Chelsea handed Achraf Hakimi blow as Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG set to seal £60m transfer

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Chelsea look set to concede the signing of Achraf Hakimi to Paris Saint-Germain this summer, with the French heavyweights closing in on a move for the Inter Milan defender, according to reports. Thomas Tuchel is said to be keen on bringing Hakimi to Stamford Bridge as he looks to strengthen his ranks ahead of a renewed Premier League title challenge next season.

Chelsea are said to have offered players as part of a swap deal for the Inter man, who chipped in with seven goals and 11 assists in all competitions last season.

However, the newly-crowned Serie A champions are believed to be demanding a transfer fee as they look to raise funds to alleviate their precarious financial situation.

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PSG have also been credited with an interest in Hakimi, with the Ligue 1 runners-up reportedly submitting a concrete bid for his services earlier this month.

Club chiefs are now in the final stages of thrashing out a deal to see him move to the French capital, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, which has poured cold water on the possibility of a Chelsea switch.

It is claimed that PSG are preparing to raise their bid to around £60million in order to push the deal over the line, with Hakimi’s personal terms already agreed.

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The Morocco international will reportedly sign a five-year deal at his new club, sending Tuchel back to square one in his search for a top-class wing-back.

Hakimi thrived as a crucial part of Antonio Conte’s back five at Inter last season, helping to create attacks with marauding runs down the flanks and into the area while keeping things tight when out of possession.

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He has established himself as one of the world’s finest defenders in recent years, with the recently departed Inter boss waxing lyrical over the player after his fast start to life in Milan.

“Hakimi is a player with great potential and he was born to play across a five-man midfield and attack down the wing,” said Conte back in September following Inter’s 5-2 victory over Benevento.

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“He must improve in defence but playing with three centre-backs will allow him to show his qualities. He was an important acquisition in the transfer market.

“Whilst he must keep working hard, he had a big impact on the match today. I hope he can continue playing like this.”

Hakimi was understood to be happy in Milan until the surprise departure of Conte last month, a development that looks to have accelerated his exit after just one year at the club.

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The Madrid-born defender arrived from Real Madrid last summer after spending two seasons on loan in Germany with Borussia Dortmund.

Los Blancos and Brazil icon Ronaldo recently slammed the Spanish giants for deciding to sell Hakimi, hailing the player as one of Inter’s finest signings in recent memory.

“He’s an extraordinary player that Real Madrid have made a mistake in losing,” Ronaldo told La Gazzetta dello Sport when quizzed on Hakimi earlier this year.

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“From time to time I think: ‘Ronnie, imagine you and Hakimi, we would have gone at a speed’.

“He is one of Inter‘s best successes in the [transfer] market in the last ten years.”

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