A Lion in Paris

Moroccan right back Achraf Hakimi leaves Inter Milan for Paris Saint-Germain. Freshly crowned champion of Italian Serie A with Antonio Conte as a coach, the former Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund defender will now follow his destiny in Paris, where big players keep on being expected, sometimes contrary to common sense, to win the Champions’ League.

Recruited from Inter Milan for 70 million euros and a huge five-year deal, the Moroccan right back, who plays for the Lions of Atlas as well, will meet another Lion in PSG, this time from Senegal, since Idrissa Gueye is still part of the Parisian midfielders with Ander Herrera, Marco Verratti, Danilo Pereira or Leandro Paredes. The plethoric size of PSG may be an issue if nobody leaves, but for now it is all about arrivals, and Hakimi is merely one player, maybe the least glorious, among others.

Paris convinced Real Madrid central defender Sergio Ramos to come: not extended in Madrid, where his salary was considered as too high for a 35-year-old player, he got what he wanted in Paris with this two-year contract and an amount of salary that should be around 10 and 15 million euros per year. Before that, Paris had already signed Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum from Liverpool, without mentioning the fact that Gianluigi Donnarumma, the Italian goalkeeper form Squadra Azzurra, is also expected (for the biggest happiness of Kaylor Navas, who must surely ask himself what he must do to be trustworthy enough).

For the time being, the summer transfer period is rather quiet (except for PSG and a few more squads), and clubs may be waiting for the end of the Euro 2020 and the final between England and Italy before making their first moves. In Paris, one more issue for Leonardo, the sports director, will be Kylian Mbappé’s fate: to stay or to go?

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