Chelsea have reportedly ‘opened talks’ with Real Madrid over a deal for Achraf Hakimi as Frank Lampard steps up his search for a new full-back this summer.
The Morocco international has impressed on his two-year loan with Borussia Dortmund, especially this campaign, scoring three goals and adding ten assists in 23 Bundesliga matches.
According to the Sunday Mirror, Lampard is an admirer of Hakimi, who can be deployed as both a right or left-back or as a winger and is keen to bring him to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Bolstering his left-back options is now high on Lampard’s list of priorities, with neither Emerson Palmieri or Marcos Alonso doing enough to convince the Blues boss they are a long-term option.
It is believed Bernabeu chefs will only do business for Hakimi when the transfer window opens in the summer.
Earlier this week, the 21-year-old admitted he was unsure of his future and revealed he had not been in contact with Real Madrid over whether he would return to the club.
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‘It was difficult to leave Real Madrid, but if you don’t have chances to participate, it’s good to be looking to play for more minutes.” he told El Chringuito.
“I’d like to keep playing. I am young and I would be happy if I continued to participate in Real Madrid.
“I have not received any call from Real Madrid since my departure.”