Achraf Hakimi Poised to Join Inter Next Week After ‘Total Agreement’ Reached

Achraf Hakimi is poised to join Inter | GUIDO KIRCHNER/Getty Images

Real Madrid defender Achraf Hakimi is set to join Inter next week after a ‘total agreement’ was reached between all parties.

The Moroccan played his final minutes for Borussia Dortmund on Saturday afternoon, as BVB ended their Bundesliga campaign on a sour note – slumping to a shock 4-0 home defeat to Hoffenheim.

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Hakimi notched five goals and ten assists in the Bundesliga this term | Martin Rose/Getty Images

Saturday’s defeat wraps up an incredibly successful two-year loan spell for Hakimi at Signal Iduna Park. The electric 21-year-old contributed to 29 goals in 73 appearances and particularly excelled after Lucien Favre switched to a 3-4-2-1 in November, allowing Hakimi to maraud forward from a wing-back role.

Real Madrid’s willingness to sell this summer saw a glut of Europe’s biggest clubs enter the Hakimi sweepstakes, including Manchester City, Bayern and Chelsea. But it appears that Inter – managed by Antonio Conte – have won the race.

Previous reports of Real and Inter agreeing a fee – as well as Hakimi agreeing personal terms – have now escalated to a ‘total agreement’, according to renowned journalist Fabrizio Romano. He claims a move will be finalised next week, with a medical also set to take place.

The agreement between Real and Inter is thought to be worth an initial €40m, fee plus €5m add ons, and does not include a buy-back clause – which is great news for I Nerazzurri.

Dortmund, meanwhile, were interested in acquiring Hakimi on a permanent basis, but they’ve now found their replacement in the form of free agent Thomas Meunier – who joined the club on Friday.

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Antonio Conte is in need of serious reinforcements down the flanks this summer | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Nevertheless, the move for Hakimi thrusts Antonio Conte’s side into serious Scudetto contention for next season. Inter currently lack quality down the flanks – despite Conte working his magic with Antonio Candreva this term – and it’s seen them come unstuck against Serie A’s better sides.

The addition of Hakimi represents a monumental upgrade on the Italian’s current options and, on the surface, he seems like the ideal fit for Conte’s famed 3-5-2 formation.


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