Marina Granovskaia and Chelsea make major Achraf Hakimi transfer decision with deal now close

Chelsea have seemingly given up in the race for Inter Milan’s Achraf Hakimi with Paris Saint-Germain having agreed a deal to sign the defender.

The Moroccan full-back has been talked up as one of Chelsea’s prime targets ahead of the 2021/22 season throughout the summer.

According to Sky Sports, the Blues had an initial opening bid rejected for the Serie A winner but remained interested despite competition from French giants PSG.

The West Londoners were willing to increase their bid to £47m (55m euros) as well as including current Blues defender Marcos Alonso.

However, that appears to not have been satisfactory for Inter Milan, with Gazzetta dello Sport suggesting that Hakimi is set to join PSG in the coming days, leading Chelsea to step back from negotiations.

It has now also been suggested that the defender is set to sign a five-year deal with the Ligue 1 outfit, with Inter to receive £55m (65m euros) for his signature.

The news will of course be a blow to Chelsea whose interest in the player has been well broadcast for the last few months as Thomas Tuchel aims to defend the club’s UEFA Champions League success.

Hakimi thus would have been an excellent addition – especially in the German’s three-at-the-back system.

Deployed on the right-flank for Inter last season, the former Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund man racked up seven goals and 11 assists for Inter last season in all competitions as the club lifted the Serie A crown under Antonio Conte.

Meanwhile, Chelsea still have Reece James and Cesar Azpilicueta to fill that role, whilst Callum Hudson-Odoi has been asked to deputise on a couple of occasions in the past.

Elsewhere, Hakimi had previously commented that he had no intentions of leaving Inter Milan but it appears that the club’s financial situation has forced a re-evaluation.

Speaking after signing for the club last summer, he said: “The team that attracted me the most was Inter and I saw it as a growth project.

“I am honoured to be one of the testimonials for the new club logo. I like it, as it looks to the future, a future we can build together.

“I hope to stay at this club for a long time, I’m very happy.”