Ever since it became apparent that Inter needed to raise serious cash this summer, much of the conversation has centered around who would be the sacrifice. And as June winds down, we have an almost concrete answer: Achraf Hakimi. According to Fabrizio Romano (and quite a bit of the usual Italian media gang), the 22-year-old is France-bound.
Inter are waiting for Paris Saint-Germain to send the improved official bid around €70m [add ons included] to complete and sign Achraf Hakimi deal. Just a matter of time then he’s expected to join #PSG.— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 23, 2021
Personal terms agreed until 2026, confirmed. Hakimi wants PSG. https://t.co/JpqQu9dsYP
Losing Hakimi only a year after buying him would be a huge but apparently financially necessary blow to Inter. Finding a successful right wing back has taken the Nerazzurri almost a decade and yet it’s already back on the hunt. Some names touted as successor have been Davide Zappacosta (Chelsea), Manuel Lazzari (Lazio), and Emerson Royal (Barcelona). Each has his own qualities and shortcomings, but one thing’s for sure. Inter won’t be able to find anyone near Hakimi’s quality to replace him. As long as Hakimi is the only key player sold this summer, however, Inter would still have one of the top rosters in Italy for Simone Inzaghi. Losing a player as talented as Hakimi sure will hurt, but as the signing of Hakan Calhanoglu shows, Inter isn’t be content to skulk back into the shadows despite tight pockets.
Who do you want to see replace Hakimi? Would you rather sell someone else?