Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed Achraf Hakimi will be a Paris Saint-Germain player within the next 24 hours.
Hakimi joined Inter last season from Real Madrid, and played a key role in helping the Nerazzurri lift the Serie A title in his first season. However, financial difficulties have caused the Italian champions to let Hakimi leave in order to raise funds for new players.
“We are in the home stretch, there are just some formalities to attend to," Marotta told Sky Italia. "[Inter Sporting Director] Piero Ausilio has worked hard on this operation.“In a day’s time, a painful transfer may be concluded for us, but for now I have to interpret the guidelines of the owners in a difficult moment for us and football in general.
“The market is not open yet, it hasn’t started. I would say that selling a player for purely economic reasons is, I think, very rare in the current market, this is an aspect which should be noted. The organization tends to confirm its players unless they express their willingness to leave, and at that point we will talk about it.
“When Hakimi’s departure is official, we will have some oxygen that we will certainly need. But we would really like not to sell other players and keep the staff which has given us so much satisfaction.”
He was also asked about Lautaro Martinez's contract negotiations, and added: "Inter have sporting objectives to achieve, beyond just business or economic sustainability. With some players like Lautaro, we have started small approaches linked to the renewal of the contract, as they are young people on whom the club is relying on for the future. It is not an easy undertaking given the present difficulties in the world, but we must defend the historical heritage of a club that is made up of a honours and successes.”
Hakimi scored seven times and provided eight assists as Inter lifted the Serie A title for the first time since 2009-10. Reports have claimed that PSG could up to £60m plus bonuses for Hakimi, providing a neat profit for Inter, who paid £36m for the wing-back last summer.