Paris Saint-Germain have agreed a record deal with Inter Milan for the transfer of Achraf Hakimi, sources have told ESPN.
The deal will pay the Serie A side up to €70 million — bonuses included — for the Morocco international who will sign a five-year deal in Paris.
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Hakimi, 22, was a priority for manager Mauricio Pochettino and sporting director Leonardo. He will become the most expensive full-back in football history when the transfer is officially announced next week. He joined Inter last summer from Real Madrid for €40m after two seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund.
Sources told ESPN that personal terms were agreed between PSG and Hakimi more than a month ago and that Hakimi pushed for the move to happen. The Italian champions had initially asked for €80m to let their right wing-back go. The sale of Hakimi’s contract will help bring in needed money to help the club settle debts.
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Chelsea were also interested but sources said that the European champions never made a concrete offer. Instead, PSG have done one of the deals of the transfer window thus far.
Hakimi will be the club’s third reinforcement this summer, following the free-agent signings of Gini Wijnaldum and Gianluigi Donnarumma, which is expected to be announced soon.