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Chelsea handed transfer blow with Achraf Hakimi targeted by Bayern Munich following Dortmund loan

CHELSEA could be set to miss out on Real Madrid starlet Achraf Hakimi this summer, with Bayern Munich eager to sign the 21-year-old.

Hakimi is set to return to Madrid following two successful years on loan in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund.

Achraf Hakimi has impressed Bundesliga rivals Bayern during his stint at Borussia Dortmund

Such has been the progress made by the flying full-back, that he has attracted the interest of some of Europe’s top clubs, including Chelsea and Manchester United.

But according to AS, it is Bayern that will go all-out to secure his signature.

Real Madrid have been impressed with their academy graduate’s progress and are open to re-integrating him into their first-team squad next season.

But Hakimi himself is unwilling to stick around as back-up, and Zinedine Zidane’s assertion that Dani Carvajal will remain his first-choice could force the youngster towards a Bernabeu exit.

Madrid understand his stance and are open to selling him if he wishes… but not on the cheap.

Despite the two club’s boards sharing a cordial relationship, Bayern will still have to stump up around £54million to acquire their key target.

Salary should be less of an issue, however, with the Bavarians willing to offer him an improved wage of between £100,000 and £120,000-a-week.

French World Cup winning defender Benjamin Pavard has been Hansi Flick’s first-choice right-back this season.

But Bayern feel that signing Hakimi and enabling Pavard to instead play as a centre-back would increase their quality going forward.

Borussia Dortmund still haven’t given up on retaining Hakimi, who has formed a brilliant understanding with Jadon Sancho over the last two years.

Signing Hakimi would enable Bayern to use Benjamin Pavard as a centre-bacl

But in a familiar story for BVB, they are unlikely to be able to compete with the “financial muscle” of Bayern.

There is a glimmer of hope for fans of clubs hoping to beat Bayern to his signature, however.

His agent Alejandro Camano recently revealed: “Nobody from Bayern or Real Madrid spoke to me about a possible Achraf move to Bayern.”

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