Inter Milan defender Achraf Hakimi has emerged as a possible choice for Bayern Munich as they begin their quest for depth at right-back. Though Bayern’s involvement seems to be speculative, the media has picked up on the speculation and run with it. Everyone has realized that the former Borussia Dortmund man will be ideal in Julian Nagelsmann’s set up as a wingback.
According to Sport1, if approached, Hakimi will be open to a transfer, which is all but confirmed by the player’s lawyer (per Spox).
Alejandro Camaño (Achraf Hakimi's agent): "I don't know where the rumours are coming from. I wouldn't be surprised if Bayern were interested in Achraf, but nobody from Bayern has contacted me." [@kerry_hau, @spox, @GoalDeutschland] pic.twitter.com/kWqhPOQFDR
— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) May 7, 2021
Inter Milan, on the other hand, will not sell the player for less than €45 million. For Bayern Munich, who are already broke, it will be around €45 million too many. Dayot Upamecano and Julian Nagelsmann have already cost the club €65 million this season. Bayern can’t afford Inter’s asking price until they sell all of their deadwood and maybe get a loan fee for Alexander Nubel (assuming anyone offers to pay for him).
To make the transition feasible, a lot of things will have to change. Inter coach Antonio Conte seems to like Hakimi. And the man’s position seems to be safe after winning the Scudetto this season. Inter’s Chinese owners are reportedly planning to sell the club soon. And it’s unlikely that they’d want to cheapen their roster by selling a dynamic young defender like Hakimi.
Unfortunately, it seems that this is one of those transfers that would fail. Hakimi would have been a nice player to buy. He’s young, fast, and well-versed in the Bundesliga. But the current situation makes it difficult. Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic and Marco Neppe will have to put their heads together to see whether they can locate another Alphonso Davies.