Antonio Conte tells Chelsea that they have dodged a £51m transfer bullet

Antonio Conte tells Chelsea that they have dodged a £51m transfer bullet

Antonio Conte has revealed that former Chelsea transfer target Achraf Hakimi is eyeing a move back to Real Madrid just months after he joined Paris Saint-Germain.

The Moroccan right-back was linked with a move to Stamford Bridge throughout the summer window as Thomas Tuchel attempted to bolster the Blues right-flank.

In the end, a transfer did not materialise due to Paris Saint-Germain sealing his signature for a reported fee of £51million.

Hakimi eventually penned a contract in the French capital until the summer of 2026, however judging from Conte’s recent comments, he does not expect the defender to stick around for that long – a fate that Chelsea may actually have avoided.

Talking to Sky Sport Italia about his former player, the ex-Chelsea boss said: “Psychologically, Hakimi suffered a little bit from last year’s games against Real Madrid.

“His dream is to play for that club again as a key player.”

Of course, Hakimi was previously a representative of Los Blancos having been part of the club’s academy.

He was only afforded 17 outings for the first-team though, whilst also spending two seasons out on loan with German giants Borussia Dortmund.

The 22-year-old joined Inter at the beginning of the 2020/21 season and enjoyed a stellar campaign under Conte as the club lifted the Serie A crown.

Hakimi has enjoyed a quick start to life at the Parc des Princes having scored a goal and provided two assists in his opening six appearances in all competitions as a PSG player.

In the end, Chelsea did not manage to strengthen their defence at all despite having been linked to the likes of Hakimi and Sevilla’s Jules Kounde.

They did however welcome three new faces to Stamford Bridge having secured deals for Marcus Bettinelli, Romelu Lukaku and Saul Niguez.

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