Bayern Munich move for Real Madrid’s Achraf Hakimi

Bayern Munich will try to sign Real Madrid full-back Achraf Hakimi, who has spent the last two seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund.

That is according to the front page of Tuesday’s edition of Diario AS, which claims that the German champions will offer the player a ‘galactic’ salary, while Madrid know the player is not willing to be a back-up for Dani Carvajal next season.

The Moroccan international arrived at Borussia Dortmund on a two-year long loan deal in the summer of 2018 and is now entering the final months of that arrangement.

It is unclear where his future lies – he appears to have regular game-time at Dortmund while at Madrid, his preferred position of right-back is already occupied by Carvajal with Alvaro Odriozola and Nacho Fernandez also in that position.

On Monday, a report in Diario AS expanded on a story from Cadena Ser which outlined how Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is keen on a move for the player and an enquiry has already been made.

“Real Madrid are the club I call home,” Hakimi told Telefoot, in quotes cited by Diario AS.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time there and played lots of games there. If Real Madrid want me to go back, I’ll go back. And if not, I will need to write the next chapter at another great club.”

The player told Cadena Ser in February: “Returning to Madrid is what my contract says, but anything can happen in June and we will see what happens in the summer.

“In my head, I have to want to be playing and keep growing where I am given first-team opportunities, like has been the case here in Germany.

“I want to showcase the player that I am and do what I enjoy doing the most – playing football.”

Hakimi, 21, has already amassed 22 caps for Morocco, including all three group matches at the 2018 World Cup.

The full-back had represented the Bundesliga title challengers 33 times last season and was largely very impressive before being ruled out for the remainder of the campaign in March.

He has once again return to action this season and has appeared in 40 games since the summer including a starring performance in November’s 3-2 win over Inter in the Champions League – where he netted twice.

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