Barcelona target Achraf Hakimi

La Liga heavyweights Barcelona are reportedly considering a bold move to sign former Real Madrid defender Achraf Hakimi from PSG.

Josep Pedrerol has claimed in La Sexta’s Jugones program that Achraf Hakimi is the subject of interest from Barcelona over a possible move late in the current transfer window. The Catalan giants are ready to sign the ex-Real Madrid defender on loan if a permanent deal isn’t possible this summer.

Achraf Hakimi spent most of his formative years with Real Madrid, joining The fabric aged eight in 2006 before graduating from the academy a decade later. But the presence of Dani Carvajal prevented the Moroccan international from gaining a foothold in the Real Madrid first team. A successful loan spell with Borussia Dortmund made him a hot property in the market before Inter Milan signed him in 2020.

The 23-year-old’s move to Inter only lasted a year and he joined Paris Saint-Germain last summer. And Hakimi has established himself as a pivotal figure at PSG after struggling to get off to a start, showing up nearly 50 times for The Parisians. But the former Real Madrid defender could end another spell at a club after a year with Barcelona keen to sign him.

Barcelona’s interest is surprising even though the Catalan giants are in the hunt for a right-back. Players who have represented Barcelona and Real Madrid rarely join the other club, as the two teams see each other as mortal enemies. But that did not prevent the Blaugrana to take an interest in another former Real Madrid defender, Sergio Reguilon.

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As for pursuing Hakimi, the PSG full-back is a viable target for Barcelona given that Xavi Hernandez doesn’t have a natural right-back at his disposal. While Sergino Dest is still on Barcelona’s books, the USMNT international is not in Xavi’s plans. And with the departure of Dani Alves from Camp Nou as a free agent, the need to sign a right-back has increased.

Several players have appeared on Barcelona’s radar as a result, with Juan Foyth believed to be their main target. But the Catalan giants are looking to Hakimi as an alternative, with the former Real Madrid defender emerging as an option worth considering.

Josep Pedrerol has claimed Barcelona will try to sign Hakimi on loan from PSG if a permanent deal isn’t an option. But it’s unclear if the 23-year-old will be ready to join Barcelona given his links with Real Madrid. PSG might not necessarily be ready to sell a prized asset like Hakimi either, and that story will likely end soon.

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