July 07, (THEWILL) – Former Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed the signing of Achraf Hakimi with the announcement that the player has signed a five-year deal with the Paris-based club.
The Moroccan was one of those players generating interest from top sides across Europe after the news broke that Inter Milan needed to generate extra funds by trading in some of their top talents in the current transfer window.
As THEWILL reported when title-winning manager Antonio Conte left, one of the reasons advanced for his decision to part ways with the Milan-named club was his refusal to oversee the departure of the squad that won the title instead of looking to improve the squad in several areas.
Hakimi had been one of the possible options and one player whose departure from the club has been expected seasons before. The possibility brought interests from big sides like PSG and UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea, who were invested in getting his services.
The confirmation of PSG is indicative of the seriousness with which the French side is pursuing its talent acquisition this summer. They have also poached the transfer of Dutch international and former Liverpool ace Georginio Wijnaldum from the feeble grips of Barcelona.
Hakimi comes with a lot of experience to solidify the structure of Les Parisiens as the former Real Madrid man will definitely bolster the squad in their avowed bid to swiftly regain their French title from Lille.
The pace of PSG’s squad rejigging is expected to go up several notches after the Hakimi and Wijnaldum signings. Big name inclusions expected to also sign soon are former Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos and former Milan keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
This set of players on the verge of arriving in Paris are not the only players linked with PSG because the width of the net the French club has cast in the wild, which signals their intentions for the next season, means they are also linked with moves for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and highly-rated Lille midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, who was instrumental in their loss of the title.
There might not be enough squad places for all the players they intend to bring in even with the riches available to Mauricio Pochettino. That is what makes it highly unlikely that the club will sanction a move for both French midfielders.