Because of Hansi Flick’s preference to want to continue to playing Joshua Kimmich as a central defensive midfielder, Bayern Munich’s potential need for reinforcements at the right back position has increased. Injuries have also hampered Bayern’s back line, which hasn’t made life any easier for Flick.
Earlier this week before Bayern jetted off to Qatar for their winter training camp, sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said that they would wait and see how the camp went before deciding on if they want to bring in another right back, but new reports out of Spain have linked Bayern with Borussia Dortmund’s Achraf Hakimi.
Per MARCA, Bayern has already inquired about Dortmund’s Hakimi, who’s technically on a two-year loan at the Westfalenstadion from Real Madrid. Apparently, Bayern has inquired specifically about what Real plan on doing with Hakimi once his loan spell with Dortmund is up.
The Moroccan international has enjoyed a decent first half of the Bundesliga season being deployed most often as a wide midfield player by Lucien Favre. From a total of 25 appearances across all competitions this season, he’s tallied 6 goals and 6 assists and put forth a memorable performance in the Champions League group stages scoring twice to inspire Dortmund to a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Inter Milan that proved to be a pivotal result for their progression to the knockout stages.
Per the report, Bayern is particularly interested in Hakimi’s ability to play as either and outside back or as a wide midfielder, and his ability to play on either flank. With Lucas Hernandez, Niklas, Sule, and Javi Martinez all currently out injured, Bayern has a shortage of options at center back, which has resulted in Flick moving some players around.
David Alaba has been utilized as a center back ever since Flick has taken charge of the club while Alphonso Davies has been the consistent left back. Benjamin Pavard has played most of his minutes at right back with Kimmich in midfield, but the Frenchman can play as a center back as well. Jerome Boateng’s future with Bayern is also uncertain at this point in time, so Pavard could naturally wind up playing as a center back while Martinez, Hernandez and Sule are all out injured if Boateng leaves this winter.
Still, though, if Hakimi were to join Bayern either this winter or summer, there’d be question marks as to where he’d fall in the pecking order with the defensive options Flick has once everyone’s fully fit. Per Transfermarkt, the Moroccan is currently valuated at approximately 46-million Euros, which could ultimately be a reasonable fee if Bayern was to eventually get really serious about purchasing him.