As Bayern Munich continue to search for depth at the right-back position, Inter Milan defender Achraf Hakimi has reportedly emerged as an option for the Bavarians. While it seems that Bayern’s interest isn’t concrete, folks in the media have picked up the rumor and run with it. Basically, everyone’s caught onto the fact that the former Borussia Dortmund man would be perfect in a wingback role in Julian Nagelsmann’s system.
Camaño: "Achraf is very happy at Inter. He's not thinking of anything else."— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) May 7, 2021
The agent, however, keeps the door open for Bayern: "Who wouldn't like to play for FC Bayern?"
However, Inter Milan are not willing to part with the player for anything less than €45 million. That would be about €45 million too many for Bayern Munich, who are basically out of money. The club have already spent €65 million this summer on Dayot Upamecano and Julian Nagelsmann. Short of selling all the squad’s deadwood and maybe getting a loan fee for Alexander Nubel (provided someone agrees to pay for him), Bayern cannot afford Inter’s asking price.
A lot would have to change to make the transfer possible. Inter coach Antonio Conte apparently likes Hakimi, and with the man having won the Scudetto this season, he’s looking pretty secure in his job. Inter’s Chinese owners are also apparently looking to sell the club soon, and it’s doubtful that they’d want to devalue their squad by selling a dynamic young defender like Hakimi for cheap.
Unfortunately, this seems like one of those transfer that will get nowhere. Hakimi would’ve been a good player to buy — he’s young, fast, and knows the Bundesliga well — but the circumstances currently make it impossible. Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic and Marco Neppe will have to get their thinking caps on — hopefully they can find another Alphonso Davies out there somewhere.
Bayern President Herbert Hainer says the club will refrain from expensive transfers this window.