Agent explains why defender turned down potential Chelsea move despite transfer bid

Achraf Hakimi’s agent Alejandro Camano confirmed that Chelsea were involved in the transfer race for the defender prior to his client’s Paris Saint-Germain move.

The 22-year-old has joined the Ligue 1 side from Inter Milan for a reported €60million (£51.3m) initial fee plus up to €11m in add-ons (The Guardian).

According to an earlier report from The Athletic’s Liam Twomey, Chelsea had already been monitoring the wing-back long before it was clear that Inter might have to sell him this summer.

However, since a new right-back is certainly far from being a priority for Chelsea this summer, there were questions about whether they really made any concrete move to sign Hakimi.

The Morocco international’s agent Camano has now confirmed that Chelsea made a failed attempt to sign his client.

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“Chelsea also bid for Achraf,” the agent told Onda Cero Radio’s El Transistor programme (via Marca).

“The fact that he left [previous] Champions League champions [Real Madrid] might have deterred him [from joining Chelsea].”

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Hakimi was part of Real Madrid’s winning squad that won the Champions League in 2017/18.

The competition for the left-back position at Real Madrid, however, meant he had to leave on loan to Borussia Dortmund.

He eventually joined Inter last summer after a brilliant loan season in Germany, likely due to a lack of starting role guarantee at Real Madrid.

To be fair, despite Thomas Tuchel’s 3-4-3 system, Hakimi would likely still have to compete with Reece James and even Cesar Azpilicueta if he had joined Chelsea.

In comparison, he is pretty much going to be a guaranteed starter at PSG since Alessandro Florenzi has now returned to his parent club Roma.

Although, cynics would argue that Hakimi’s decision likely had more to do with the €10m-a-year including bonuses that PSG reportedly offered him (La Repubblica) than anything else.

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