With Achraf Hakimi set to depart the Giuseppe Meazza in the next day or two, the Nerazzurri are on the hunt for a replacement, with PSV’s Denzel Dumfries a name which has come up.
The club could be on further alert because the Eredivisie club prepared to lose him, as stated by head coach Roger Schmidt in an interview with Dutch broadcaster NOS, reported by L’Interista.
Despite the Netherlands being eliminated from the Euros yesterday after a disappointing 2-0 loss against the Czech Republic, the 25-year-old was one of the most impressive performers for the Dutch side, particularly in the group stage.
The qualities shown by Dumfries during the tournament emphasize why the Nerazzurri could look to him to compensate for the loss of Hakimi, though his performances for his club will play a greater role in the scouting of the player.
Schmidt believes that Dumfries is a highly talented player, but also suggests that he accepts that the player will depart from Eindhoven in the summer, alongside club and international teammate Donyell Malen:
“It has been clear to me for some time that the two of them [Dumfries and Malen] will probably leave. Football is like this, and we at PSV are used to losing one or two excellent players every year.”
“In fact,” he continues, “I thought that they could leave last year. If they were to stay it would be fantastic, but we have to prepare to play without them in the coming season.”