Manchester City want to sign unsettled PSG defender

Marquinhos, Achraf Hakimi, Paris Saint-Germain
Marquinhos, Achraf Hakimi, Paris Saint-Germain / Jean Catuffe/GettyImages

In their pursuit of a right-back during the ongoing transfer window, Manchester City has reportedly turned their attention to Achraf Hakimi, the unsettled PSG defender. According to the latest reports, Man City is expected to submit a substantial offer for the defender soon.

Since joining PSG from Internazionale two years ago, Hakimi has experienced ups and downs in Paris. Nevertheless, the Morocco international player remains an important part of the squad and someone that would need to be replaced if he's to really leave PSG this summer.

Luis Enrique, who is about to be officially named the new manager of PSG, is believed to like Hakimi's skill set and would like to keep him in Paris next season. Man City and Pep Guardiola might attempt to change that.

The latest reports from Marca indicate that Guardiola, facing the potential departure of both Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo this summer, is already crafting a contingency plan to strengthen the right side of his defense that would include Hakimi.

Marca reported that "a substantial offer could soon be on the table," as Man City is determined to reinforce a position deemed a priority, let alone if one or even the two of Walker and Cancelo are sold in the next few weeks.

However, the chances of this deal coming to fruition are slim mostly because PSG don't want to sale a staple of their weekly starting XI, and second because the player is under contract through June 2026.

The last point is important, considering PSG acquired Hakimi from Inter for a huge €60m fee two years ago and they would most definitely want to get that (and more) in any potential sale, something not even Man City might entertain.

As always, this could probably end up with Walker, Cancelo, or both getting an hefty contract extension at Man City while Hakimi starts to gain leverage looking at his own particular deal to be extended/improved down the road.

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