Achraf Hakimi is set to join Inter Milan from Real Madrid, multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN, after becoming one of European football’s most exciting young talents during a two-year loan spell at Borussia Dortmund.
The transfer, which both clubs plan to announce shortly, is worth around € 40million plus additions and will see the full-back sign a five-year contract.
Hakimi, 21, still had two years left on his Bernabeu contract. Sources close to the player have told ESPN he is unwilling to return to Madrid this summer to be a player for the squad at this point in his career and has been promised a starting spot at San. Siro.
The player and his representatives agree that Dani Carvajal will remain a coach Zinedine ZidaneThe first-choice right-back in the short and medium term, given his quality and status in the locker room.
At Real Madrid – both at senior level and among Zidane’s coaches – there is admiration for what Hakimi has done at Dortmund, but doubts remain as to how he would fare in a different tactical setup.
In the Bundesliga he has often featured as a winger in front of all three defenders, a system Zidane rarely uses, with a club source questioning his defensive work rate compared to Carvajal. At Inter, Hakimi could continue to thrive as a winger given coach Antonio Conte’s preference for a 3-5-2 formation.
The fine print of the deal is still being worked out, including the possibility that Real Madrid have the right to match any offer Inter receive for Hakimi, and the club are not ruling out a future return for the Moroccan international.
Hakimi made his La Liga debut in October 2017 during Zidane’s first stint at the helm of Madrid, impressing the club at the youth level. He made good progress that season – making nine league appearances and scoring twice, as well as appearing in the Champions League – before joining Dortmund in July 2018.
Since then he has made 54 Bundesliga appearances for the German side, scoring seven goals. Hakimi is more comfortable as an attacking right-back but can also play on the left, as well as in more forward positions.
He had been courted by a number of big clubs in recent months, including Dortmund themselves, Bayern Munich and two Premier League sides. Inter are third in Serie A behind Juventus and Lazio, comfortably in the Champions League places.