Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc discussed the departure of Achraf Hakimi, his return to Real Madrid and possible transfer to Inter in an interview with German broadcaster Sky Sports Deutschland earlier today.
“We tried to keep him with other ideas, but the price was too high for us and Real Madrid did not want to lose money in any way. We simply realized at some point that we couldn’t and didn’t want to keep him here. There have been new developments these days, and the sum of the transfer will certainly be higher.”
Inter are prepared to sign the 21-year-old Moroccan right back Hakimi, who has impressed in his two seasons on loan with Borussia Dortmund.
The Nerazzurri will pay around €40-45 million for Hakimi’s signature, offering him a five-year contract worth €5 million net per season plus add-ons, making a statement to the football world that the Milanese club are fighting amongst the best again.
Hakimi was convinced to join Inter by coach Antonio Conte, as he is a big fan of the Lecce born coach’s project in Milan. He declined offers from Bayern Munich and Manchester City to join the Nerazzurri, showing his faith in the project. The player has made 44 appearances across all competitions so far this season, for a total of 3527 minutes. In that time, he has scored nine goals and provided 10 assists.