Achraf's handover, "painful"

"We are in a delicate situation. Football is in a difficult economic situation," says Marotta, Inter's CEO.


Giuseppe Marotta, Inter Milan's CEO, acknowledged on Wednesday that the transfer of Moroccan Achraf Hakimi to Paris Saint Germain was "painful", but necessary to settle the club's financial accounts.

"We are in a delicate situation. Football is in a difficult economic situation, but I want to emphasize that our property has invested almost 700 million euros in Inter. It is unthinkable today to ask for another intervention of this type," said Marotta during the press conference introducing Simone Inzaghi as Inter's new coach.

"In any case, not always the one who spends the most ends up winning. We had to make painful decisions, such as the sale of Hakimi, but we did it with the future in mind," added the manager.

Inter, who had signed Achraf last summer, by paying around 45 million to Real Madrid, sold the Moroccan full-back to PSG for an amount between 60 and 70 million.

Achraf was one of the decisive men for Inter, then coached by Antonio Conte, to win Serie A.

The Inter boxes, owned by the Chinese Suning consortium, are severely injured by the economic consequences of the pandemic.

In May, Inter closed an agreement with the American Oaktree fund to receive a loan of 275 million euros, which will help the club survive in the coming months.The Milanese club, which was among the founding members of the Superliga with the desire to increase its income, spent close to 150 million this year just to pay the salaries of its players.

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