According to reports, Arsenal are preparing a concrete offer for Inter-Milan right back Achraf Hakimi, ahead of the summer transfer window.
The Morocco international has emerged as one of the finest right backs in Europe, and is now reportedly a top transfer target for the Gunners. According to Spanish Newspaper AS, Inter Milan are likely to demand a fee in the region of €50m (£42.5 million) for the 22 year-old. With European qualification seemingly slipping away from the Gunners, splashing this amount on a right back may not be feasible, given the other areas of the squad that need strengthened.
Hakimi is a product of Real Madrid’s academy, but it is at Borussia Dortmund where he made a name for himself. The Moroccan spent two seasons (2018-19 & 2019-20) on loan at BVB where he racked up 73 appearances, impressing with 12 goals and 17 assists. In July 2020, Real Madrid sold the 22 year-old to Inter Milan for a reported fee of €40m. Largely deployed on the right-hand side of midfield, Hakimi has been an integral part of Inter Milan’s so-far successful league campaign; they currently sit 11 points clear at the top of Serie A, with 9 games to go. Hakimi has played in 28 of the Nerrazzuri’s 29 league games, scoring 6 and assisting 5. Given his importance to the current league leaders, Edu will have a big job on his hands to prise him away from the Italian giants.
With Héctor Bellerín looking to be heading out of the Emirates this summer, and question marks over Cédric’s ability to start regularly, Achraf Hakimi has emerged as Arsenal’s top target to become their starting right-back for the 2021-22 campaign. But given Arteta’s desire to bring Martin Ødegaard to North London on a permanent deal, the funds for Hakimi may be a little short. However, with multiple players potentially facing the axe this window, and Arsenal still battling for the Europa League, the move is not totally off the cards; there is still potential for revenue to be generated through transfers or winning fees.
Regardless of what happens, it will be a busy summer window for the Gunners, and the signing of Achraf Hakimi seems like a necessary upgrade for the club.
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