Man Utd, Chelsea receive boost in pursuit of PSG star; with French giants to sanction sale to ease FFP concerns

Harry Watkinson
Neymar and Hakimi of PSG

Paris Saint-Germain could reportedly be willing to sell Achraf Hakimi this summer, who has been linked with moves to Manchester United and Chelsea.

The Morocco international is widely considered to be one of the best right-backs in Europe. So, it would be a major coup if one of the Premier League rivals got a deal done.

Man Utd certainly seem to be looking to sign a right-back as a priority, so Erik ten Hag will be keen to win the race for his signature.

Indeed, it is believed the Red Devils will offload Aaron Wan Bissaka at the end of the season. The defender has worked his way back into Ten Hag’s starting XI, but is still being linked with a departure.

As a result, the Dutch manager has several right-back targets on his summer shortlist. One of these is PSG right-back Hakimi, who would be a real statement signing.

However, Chelsea have also been linked with a move for the 24-year-old in the past, so Man Utd could face competition for his signature.

Now, according to CaughtOffside journalist Johnathan Johnson, PSG could consider selling Hakimi if a ‘serious offer’ is tabled for his services.

“I’m aware there’s also been some speculation about Achraf Hakimi’s future at PSG. The likes of Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked…” he said.

“In terms of the player and his role in PSG’s squad for what he brings on the pitch, the Morocco international certainly wouldn’t be anywhere near the top of any list of players the club look to offload as part of a reshuffle of their squad this summer.

Then again, it’s also worth bearing in mind that there aren’t too many other players in this PSG squad at this moment in time who would command the kind of transfer fee that Hakimi could, especially if he were to move to a Premier League club.

“Gianluigi Donnarumma is probably the only other one who’d attract a substantial bid, but he hasn’t had the best of seasons.

“If a serious offer came in for Hakimi, it might be something PSG have to think about.

“We know they’re going to be adding Milan Skriniar to their squad as he prepares to join on a free transfer from Inter Milan, so they do have to think about their wage bill.

“PSG to have a need to boost the coffers a bit and keep Financial Fair Play in mind, and Messi’s likely departure will help in that respect, but it does mean Hakimi is one of those where there could be scope for a deal if an offer came in that was similar to what PSG paid Inter for him.

“Chelsea were interested in Hakimi in the same summer he moved to the Parc des Princes, but I haven’t heard anything concrete since then.

“In fact, Chelsea have been linked with pretty much every player in Europe under Todd Boehly, so Hakimi’s name makes sense as one to crop up.

“PSG won the race for him in 2021, but it’s possible that Chelsea could revisit their interest, even if it’s hard to imagine he’d accept a move to a club who not only look set to miss out on Champions League football but who also might not be in Europe at all next season.”

The French giants paid €60M (approx. £52.5m) for Hakimi in 2021. So, as noted by Johnson, Man Utd and Chelsea would have to at least match that figure to have any chance of signing him.

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