Behind the scenes of Hakim Ziyech’s failed loan move to PSG

Hakim Ziyech’s (29) move on loan to Paris Saint-Germain from Chelsea looked to have been all but completed. The Moroccan international was already at the club’s headquarters having arrived prior to deadline day, and he had undergone a medical ahead of the move. 

The deal between the clubs was struck in the evening of deadline day, and PSG looked to have reached the end of a long recruitment process that saw three other wingers targeted following Pablo Sarabia’s move to Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier in the window. 

However, the deal came unstuck in the final moments of the transfer window, with a series of errors on Chelsea’s side of the deal causing the loan to fall through. According to L’Équipe, Chelsea made an error in the first contract sent to Les Parisiens. That initial error rectified, the London club then sent the contract back, but this time unsigned. 

A second document was then sent from Chelsea to PSG, but once again unsigned. The problem was only rectified with the third document, but by that time, it was too late, and the deadline had passed. Chelsea claim that this catalogue of errors issues from the fact that the club were preoccupied with the signing of Enzo Fernandez from Benfica. 

PSG continued to attempt to conclude the deal the following morning, but after a meeting, the LFP legal committee decided not to approve the loan, meaning that Ziyech heads back to Stamford Bridge, whilst PSG were left frustrated and without a replacement for Pablo Sarabia. 

GFFN | Luke Entwistle

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