Bayern Munich ‘enter the race for Real Madrid star Achraf Hakimi as they battle with Borussia Dortmund amid defender’s successful loan spell’
- Achraf Hakimi has impressed during his loan in Germany at Borussia Dortmund
- Hakimi has played in defence and midfield for the Bundesliga giants
- Dortmund want to make it permanent but Bayern Munich are also keen on him
- Zinedine Zidane is also eager to bring him into the Real Madrid squad next year
Bayern Munich are set to challenge Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund for the signing of Real Madrid defender Achraf Hakimi, according to Bild.
Hakimi has impressed some of Europe’s biggest clubs during his loan period at Dortmund since 2018.
Having played regularly on the right side of defence – as well as at left-back and midfield – during his time at Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund are keen on extending his stay.
Bayern Munich have entered the race to sign Real Madrid defender Achraf Hakimi
But Lucien Favre’s side have conceded a €30million (£25.5m) permanent deal for the Moroccan international may be difficult with Zinedine Zidane keen to bring him back to the Bernabeu once his loan deal in Germany expires in July.
However, Zidane’s desire for Hakimi to challenge Dani Carvajal and Alvaro Odriozola next season has not deterred Bayern, with the Bundesliga champions set to rival Dortmund for his services with an improved €45m (£38.3m) bid in the summer.
Bayern’s interest in the player had already been reported by Marca earlier this month, but now German outlet Bild say they are set to firm up their offer.
Hakimi has spent the last two seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund and has impressed
The news comes after Hakimi admitted that he is torn between playing for Dortmund and Madrid.
‘My heart is divided between Madrid and Dortmund,’ Hakimi told Ruhr Nachrichten.
‘Right now, I’m only focusing on taking each game as it comes and performing to the best of my ability. Next summer’s still a little way off and we’ll just have to see what happens.’
Dortmund are keen on a permanent deal but Bayern are now set to challenge them
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