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PSG defender would be ‘delighted’ to move to Real Madrid, ready to take pay cut – report
Achraf Hakimi is widely recognised as one of the most talented young right-backs in the game currently. Having come through the ranks at Real Madrid, the Moroccan ace never really got an extended run with the first-team setup at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Indeed, Hakimi made just 17 senior appearances for Los Blancos and after two years on loan at Borussia Dortmund between 2018 and 2020, he was sold off to Inter Milan for a big fee.
A year later, PSG snapped him up for an even bigger transfer fee and the 24-year-old has thrived in France. Now, Hakimi is starring for the Moroccan national team at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, playing a key role in their surprise run to the semi-finals.
While he may have signed for PSG only eighteen months ago, the rumours of a potential return to Real Madrid have been doing the rounds already.
And according to journalist Rodra P, Hakimi would be ‘delighted’ to return to Real Madrid if a chance presented itself. The 24-year-old is said to be a true Madridista at heart and would even be willing to take a pay cut to secure a move back to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Real Madrid will need to replenish their options in the right-back position in the near future. Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are into their thirties while the latter will be entering the final year of his contract next summer.
Young Vinicius Tobias is making an impression with the Castilla team and could be signed permanently. But the possibility of bringing back an accomplished star like Hakimi to replace Carvajal in the long run could be appealing to the Merengues.
While the player may be willing to make the jump back to the Bernabeu, signing him from PSG could be a difficult task. Firstly, there is a lot of bad blood between the two clubs due to the Kylian Mbappe saga as well as the European Super League project.
Furthermore, Hakimi is contracted with the Parisian giants until the summer of 2026. So, as appealing as a return to Real Madrid might be for both parties, luring him away from PSG could be an impossible task.
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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool monitoring 19-year-old Bundesliga wonderkid – Romano
According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen and Germany wonderkid Florian Wirtz.
After recovering from his ACL injury, the teenage sensation has been slowly working his way back to his best form. So far this term, Wirtz has managed to rack up a tally of two goals and six assists from 13 matches in all competitions.
The 19-year-old’s talent and potential have never been in question and hence it does not come as a surprise that elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the German international.
A versatile attacking midfielder, Wirtz is capable of playing anywhere in the final third of the pitch and backs up with top-notch end product. Be it as a false-nine or in a more withdrawn role, the youngster has excelled for Bayer Leverkusen, catching the attention of top teams.
Real Madrid, for their part, are also understood to be among Wirtz’s admirers. Given the situation surrounding Karim Benzema’s fitness and the lack of backup at the top, the youngster could be an option, as he has shown potential while operating through the middle.
But Barcelona also have a strong interest in the teenager with reports even suggesting that they have already made contact with his father to enquire about his situation.
At the same time, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a huge admirer of his fellow German and with Roberto Firmino on his way out, Wirtz could be lined up as a possible replacement.
However, Romano adds that the expectation is that Wirtz could stay at Bayer Leverkusen for one more year and depart Germany once the UEFA Euro 2024 is out of the way.
For now, there have been talks or negotiations with any clubs, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are all tracking Wirtz and his progress in Germany.