Manchester United turn attention towards Achraf Hakimi

Manchester United are showing an interest in PSG defender Achraf Hakimi, it has been reported.

Despite being just 23 years of age, Hakimi has already impressed in Ligue 1, the Bundesliga and the Serie A.

The defender is currently plying his trade with PSG and scored four and assisted six in 32 league outings last year.

Before that he was able to win the Serie A title with Inter under Antonio Conte and excelled with BVB.

When he was playing for Dortmund, he formed an excellent partnership with now Manchester United man, Jadon Sancho.

However, it is worth noting that Hakimi has been at his most impressive when he has been used as a right-wing-back in a five.

Despite this, he would still likely be a big upgrade on Manchester United’s current options as Aaron Wan-Bissaka is clearly not in Erik ten Hag’s plans and Diogo Dalot has looked subpar in the opening two games of the league season.

And now, Football Insider are reporting that Man United have turned their attention to signing Achraf Hakimi as United’s recruitment team and manager Erik ten Hag have made the capture of a top-class right-sided defender a key priority over the final 11 days of the window now they have all but sealed a deal for Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro.

However, United are facing competition for Hakimi from FC Barcelona, who, unlike the Red Devils, have Champions League football this term.

No potential transfer fee is mentioned in the report, but PSG did turn down £60m interest from Chelsea last summer, suggesting a fee upwards of that would be needed to land the Moroccan.

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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