Achraf Hakimi’s agent believes his client is the world’s best right-back alongside Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, insisting ‘all big teams in Europe want him’
Hakimi has gone from strength to strength since joining Borussia Dortmund from Real Madrid on a two-year loan in summer 2018, establishing himself as one of the best attacking-minded full-backs in Europe.
Since his illustrious two-year stint at the Signal Iduna Park draws to a close, the 21-year-old will be one of the most-wanted properties in the upcoming transfer window.
The Moroccan’s jaw-dropping performances for ‘Die Borussen’ have reportedly earned him high acclaim from Zinedine Zidane, who is desperate to bring Hakimi back to the base and let him challenge for a place in the starting eleven.
Widely regarded as a long-term holder of Real’s right-back position, the sought-after youngster is comfortable in covering the entire right flank and is equally efficient in holding the ball and winning it back.
According to Hakimi’s agent, Alejandro Camaño, his client deserves to be classified in the same bracket as Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold.
“Achraf is the best right-back in the world along with Alexander-Arnold,” he told Sky Germany, as reported by the Evening Standard.
“All the big teams in Europe want him and, of course, Real Madrid are one of those.
“But Borussia Dortmund are still an option for us. We will have to wait and see.”
Although Camaño refused to rule out the possibility of Hakimi staying at Dortmund, it seems highly unlikely that the German giants will be able to keep hold of their formidable asset beyond the summer.
🗣 Achraf Hakimi's agent Alejandro Camano:— Goal (@goal) April 21, 2020
"Achraf is the best right-back in the world together with Trent Alexander-Arnold. All the big teams in Europe want him and, of course, Real Madrid is one of them.
"But Dortmund is still an option for us. We are just waiting now." pic.twitter.com/HEOui33OEG
After running the show in the Bundesliga, the prolific right-back is tipped to continue his development elsewhere, with Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham looking to take him away from Madrid.
But, the Morocco international’s blistering showings for Dortmund have seen his price tag takes an exponential upwards curve, which could blow the suitors out of the water.
Perhaps a return to the Santiago Bernabeu seems to be the likeliest outcome of this transfer saga. But, Hakimi’s choice will heavily depend on whether he can be guaranteed a regular first-team place.
After becoming an indispensable part of Lucien Favre’s set-up, the versatile wide defender will accept nothing less than playing a similar role in his next team.
Therefore, the slightest possibility of playing second fiddle could deter Hakimi from returning to Madrid and open the door for other teams to swoop in and try to steal him away.