Bayern Munich is in the market for a new right-back, and one of the chief names mentioned at the moment is Real Madrid youngster Achraf Hakimi. Hakimi currently plays in the Bundesliga for Borussia Dortmund on loan. Given his performances thus far, most have assumed that the player will return to Madrid after his loan deal expires, but things seem to be more complicated than that.
According to Spox, Hakimi’s agent has denied any contact or interest from Bayern for his client:
Der #FCBayern soll #RealMadrid wegen eines Sommer-Transfers von Achraf #Hakimi kontaktiert haben. Alejandro Camaño, der Berater des #BVB-Leihspielers, sagt: „Der FC Bayern ist ein großer Klub, aber wir wissen nichts von einem Interesse. Niemand hat Kontakt zu uns aufgenommen.”— Kerry Hau (@kerry_hau) January 27, 2020
Agent Alejandro Camaño on Bayern’s alleged interest in his client: “FC Bayern is a great club, but we are not aware of any interest. No one has contacted us.”
But Spox also reports that Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has not yet decided how he plans to use the Spaniard and Madrid-native if he were to return to Spain. However, the Blancos are said to be satisfied with his development in Germany.
Bayern, therefore, have a small window of opportunity to work with. Relations between the two clubs at the executive level have always been good, and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Florentino Perez are said to be on good terms. The Bavarians have already loaned Alvaro Odriozola from Real Madrid until the summer, but the loan does not come with a buy option. It’s possible that Odriozola may return to the Bernabeu, allowing Bayern to purchase Hakimi without any interference.
Of course, there’s also Borussia Dortmund in the mix. Hakimi is said to be comfortable at the club, and a meeting is planned between his representatives and the BVB bosses in the near future. Instead of moving to Bayern, BVB could work out a deal with Real allowing the 21-year-old to stay at Dortmund. In that case, financial clout could become important, depending on what Florentino Perez decides in an appropriate transfer fee.