Achraf Hakimi Poised to Join Inter Next Week After 'Total Agreement' Reached

James Cormack
Jun 28, 2020, 10:30 AM GMT+1
Achraf Hakimi is poised to join Inter
Achraf Hakimi is poised to join Inter / GUIDO KIRCHNER/Getty Images
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Real Madrid defender Achraf Hakimi is set to join Inter next week after a 'total agreement' was reached between all parties.

The Moroccan played his final minutes for Borussia Dortmund on Saturday afternoon, as BVB ended their Bundesliga campaign on a sour note - slumping to a shock 4-0 home defeat to Hoffenheim.

Hakimi notched five goals and ten assists in the Bundesliga this term
Hakimi notched five goals and ten assists in the Bundesliga this term / Martin Rose/Getty Images

Saturday's defeat wraps up an incredibly successful two-year loan spell for Hakimi at Signal Iduna Park. The electric 21-year-old contributed to 29 goals in 73 appearances and particularly excelled after Lucien Favre switched to a 3-4-2-1 in November, allowing Hakimi to maraud forward from a wing-back role.

Real Madrid's willingness to sell this summer saw a glut of Europe's biggest clubs enter the Hakimi sweepstakes, including Manchester City, Bayern and Chelsea. But it appears that Inter - managed by Antonio Conte - have won the race.

Previous reports of Real and Inter agreeing a fee - as well as Hakimi agreeing personal terms - have now escalated to a 'total agreement', according to renowned journalist Fabrizio Romano. He claims a move will be finalised next week, with a medical also set to take place.

The agreement between Real and Inter is thought to be worth an initial €40m, fee plus €5m add ons, and does not include a buy-back clause - which is great news for I Nerazzurri.

Dortmund, meanwhile, were interested in acquiring Hakimi on a permanent basis, but they've now found their replacement in the form of free agent Thomas Meunier - who joined the club on Friday.

Antonio Conte is in need of serious reinforcements down the flanks this summer
Antonio Conte is in need of serious reinforcements down the flanks this summer / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Nevertheless, the move for Hakimi thrusts Antonio Conte's side into serious Scudetto contention for next season. Inter currently lack quality down the flanks - despite Conte working his magic with Antonio Candreva this term - and it's seen them come unstuck against Serie A's better sides.

The addition of Hakimi represents a monumental upgrade on the Italian's current options and, on the surface, he seems like the ideal fit for Conte's famed 3-5-2 formation.

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