How huge agent fees made Chelsea lose transfer target

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Football agents are now becoming an annoying principality in the world of football, as clubs have to battle with these money-thirsty agents especially when they are in charge of big players.

Mino Raiola comes to mind when talking about greedy and difficult agents, but he’s just one of a thousand.

It’s no longer news that Chelsea were beaten to the signing of Achraf Hakimi by PSG. Reports had claimed that PSG’s £60m offer was more attractive to Inter compared to Chelsea’s reported player-plus-cash offer. However, this was just one part of the story.

According to The Telegraph’s Matt Law, Chelsea weren’t ready to give in to the high demands of Hakimi’s agent, as PSG bowed to the demands of the agent to sign Hakimi — a move Chelsea didn’t want to embark on.

“I did some checking, and Chelsea’s interest in Hakimi has been real,” the journalist told London is Blue podcast.

“From what I’m told, there is basically large agent fees involved with Hakimi,” he added.

“We’ve been here before with Chelsea, they don’t like those massive agent fees.

“It seems like PSG are willing to pay the agent exactly what he wants and a huge amount of wages for a right-back.

“I think that has dimmed Chelsea’s interest slightly.”

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