BAYERN MUNICH are reportedly ready to join the race for Achraf Hakimi amid interest from Arsenal.
The right-back, 22, has been a key part of Inter Milan’s Serie A title triumph but could still leave the club.
Achraf Hakimi is one of many Inter Milan stars being targeted by rival clubsCredit: AFP
Financial problems at the Giuseppe Meazza have alerted prospective bidders although reports in Italy suggest Hakimi will be fiercely defended in the upcoming market.
Arsenal and Chelsea had both been credited with interest in recent months.
In particular, the Gunners may be seeking a replacement for Hector Bellerin amid reports linking him with Paris Saint-Germain.
But Bundesliga giants Bayern are also on the lookout ahead of Julian Nagelsmann’s arrival.
According to German football reporter Manuel Bonke, the Bavarians are targeting Hakimi although the transfer fee could be a big stumbling block.
The defender is seen as someone who would fit the incoming coach’s system perfectly, with current starter Benjamin Pavard a more defensive right-back.
And, although Bayern are reportedly worried about his defensive work, they have been fans of the Moroccan since his time at Borussia Dortmund.
Following the confirmation of Inter’s title win, Hakimi thanked coach Antonio Conte for helping him improve at the back.
He told radio station Onda Cero: “Conte is a very demanding coach. He made me work hard on my defending and I thank him for improving.”
If Bayern need a player for a position, he has to be the best. And Achraf is the best in his position.
The player’s agent, Alejandro Camano, has responded to the Bayern rumours and insisted the club would be right to take an interest.
He told German channel TZ: “It wouldn’t surprise me.
“Bayern are one of the best clubs in the world and if they need a player for a position, he has to be the best. And Achraf is the best in his position.”
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