There have been reports that Serie A title contenders will have to sell valued properties this summer, with interest growing in a Moroccan full-back
Achraf Hakimi, with Arsenal and Chelsea reported to be among his suitors, but the Inter defender’s agent says no move has been considered as of yet.
The highly-rated 22-year-old only joined San Siro in the summer of 2020, after a fruitful loan spell at Borussia Dortmund gained a permanent transfer away from Real Madrid.
A return to the Santiago Bernabeu has also been discussed, with Inter’s financial difficulties allegedly pressing them to contemplate selling, but the attention in Milan is on the current and a Serie A title offer.
WHAT EXACTLY IS SEEMED?
Alejandro Camano, Hakimi’s agent, told Calciomercato of the rumours about his client: “As of now, he is very pleased to play for such a valuable club.” I don’t know what the future holds, but I can tell right now that Hakimi is content and that his team is Inter.
“The goal is to win the Scudetto. After that, Inter’s position at the club level becomes more complex, but I repeat: we are very happy here in terms of football.
“We signed a five-year contract with him because we were so trusting in Inter’s mission. We’ll see what happens in the future, so this is a significant move forward in his career.
“WE CERTAINLY DON’T INTEND ON LEAVING THE TEAM IN SUCH A DELICATE SITUATION.”
WHY IS HAKIMI IN SUCH HIGH DEMAND?
When on loan at Bundesliga giants Dortmund for two seasons, the Moroccan international’s stock skyrocketed.
He made 73 appearances for BVB, scoring 12 goals and assisting 17 times as he established himself as one of the most productive right-backs in the world.
Impressive expectations have been upheld at Inter, with six goals and five assists added to his tally, causing his value to climb even higher.
Premier League suitors are known to be considering large-money raids, but releasing Hakimi from a deal that expires in 2025 would not be easy or inexpensive.
What did Inter pay for Hakimi?
The transfer of a Madrid-born celebrity away from his beginnings at Real Madrid was initially worth €40 million (£35 million/$47 million), with an additional €5 million due if those goals are met.
Walking away from that contract after a year would be surprising, particularly given how hard Inter worked to secure a long-term goal.
Camano went on to say, “The player made the decision to go to Inter.”
“Piero Ausilio had already talked to us about the possibility of taking him to Milan two or three years earlier.
“That interest was revived after his tenure at Borussia Dortmund, and Hakimi agreed to join Inter.”