Reluctance to pay huge agent fees is one of the reasons why Chelsea took a step back in the pursuit of Inter Milan’s Achraf Hakimi, according to The Telegraph’s Matt Law.
As reported by Calciomercato.it last week, the Blues look to have been beaten by Paris Saint-Germain in the race for the 22-year-old.
Obviously, PSG’s reported €70million (£60m) offer’s being more attractive to Inter compared to Chelsea’s reported player-plus-cash offer may have been the biggest factor.
But that is not the only one, according to Law.
“I did some checking, and Chelsea’s interest in Hakimi has been real,” the journalist told London is Blue podcast.
While Law was unsure whether there was an official bid or not, he claims that there were indeed talks between Chelsea and Inter about Hakimi’s price tag.
“From what I’m told, there is basically large agent fees involved with Hakimi,” he added.
“We’ve been here before with Chelsea, they don’t like those massive agent fees.
“It seems like PSG are willing to pay the agent exactly what he wants and a huge amount of wages for a right-back.
“I think that has dimmed Chelsea’s interest slightly.”
Committing to a transfer of such scale this early was never going to be an easy call.
As Law also pointed out in the podcast, despite Tuchel’s clear desire to strengthen his right-side options, a new right-back is not the priority.
The last thing Chelsea would want is to spend big early in the transfer window and possibly hinder any potential pursuit for a new striker later on.