PSG beat Chelsea for the signature of Achraf Hakimi
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PSG transfer dealings pick up pace as they sign Inter Milan midfielder Achraf Hakimi

PSG transfer dealings pick up pace as they sign Inter Milan midfielder Achraf Hakimi

09/07/2021; 6:37 AM Steven D. Thompson By : Steven D. Thompson

In June, PSG and Chelsea were both being considered by Achraf Hakimi as his next destination of choice by the Inter Milan wingback. From then to now, Hakimi has made his decision. He chose to join French giants Paris Saint-Germain, who acquired the Inter Milan superstar for £51.3 million, signing a five-year contract to play his game in the French capital next season.

Hakimi to PSG – Chelsea lose out

Sky Sports has reported that Hakimi has joined Paris Saint-Germain as the club's third summer signing after they have added Georginio Wijnaldum and Danilo Pereira to their squad for next season. Chelsea had previously bid the same amount as PSG for the defender, so it was Hakimi's decision as to which club he would have preferred to join.

Last season he was part of the Serie A championship-winning side of Antonio Conte at Inter Milan. The 22-year-old brings plenty of experience and leadership ability to the Parc des Princes despite his tender age. Upon his arrival in Paris, he said he was filled with a sense of accomplishment.

He added that his experience in various European countries as he fulfilled his dream of playing football as a profession will stand him in good stead for next season. Additionally, Hakimi made 37 appearances for the Italian champions last season, scoring seven goals and providing ten assists for his former team. 

He now has the privilege of playing for one of the best teams on the global stage and is looking forward to meeting fellow players at his new club. He also added that he wanted to do his best to make the supporters proud with his displays next season.

PSG president delighted

The president of Paris Saint-Germain Nasser Al-Khelaifi, echoed the player's sentiment, adding that the club is extremely happy to have a player of his calibre choosing to ply his trade in Paris next season. 

PSG a force next season

PSG is also currently finalising a contract for the Italian International shot-stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma, whose contract with AC Milan expired on the first day of July this year. He is currently on duty with the Italian National Team as they prepare to battle with England in the final of EURO 2020, but will take time out of his schedule to do his medical and add the finishing touches to his PSG contract.

By PSG's lofty standards, they had what was considered an average season in 2020/2021, but this season they have strengthened significantly in all areas. If they manage to keep hold of Kylian Mbappe as well, they will be a force not only in their domestic league but also on the European front for the coming season.

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