Inter Milan on Thursday announced the signing of Achraf Hakimi from Real Madrid for reported fee of €40 million.
The Morocco international lifted the Champions League with Madrid back in 2017-18, but a lack of first-team opportunities saw him spend the last two seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund.
The 21-year-old right-back has been a revelation in Germany, showing off his versatility on both full-back and the wing positions. During the two-year run, he scored 12 times while provided 17 assists in all competitions.
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc was keen on extending Hakimi’s loan run at at Signal Iduna Park, where the 21-year-old was a key part of Lucien Favre's exciting young side who ultimately fell short of Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.
Hakimi has been on Inter's radar for many years, which is not surprising, given the precocious talent he showed rising through the ranks of Real's academy.
Former Morocco international Houssine Kharja, who played for Inter back in 2010-11 revealed that sporting director Piero Ausilio had asked him about Hakimi back in 2017, and believes that his compatriot will be a perfect fit in Milan.