REAL MADRID have announced that right-back Achraf Hakimi has been sold to Inter Milan for £40.5million.
The 21-year-old has earned rave reviews during his two-year loan spell at Borussia Dortmund, leading to a host of clubs vying to sign him.
Hakimi – who has chipped in with nine goals and ten assists in 46 games this season – has established himself as one of the world’s best full-backs.
But Real have offloaded him as Zinedine Zidane does not believe he will get in front of Dani Carvajal at the Bernanbeu.
A statement on the Spanish club’s website said: “Real Madrid CF and Inter Milan have agreed to transfer Achraf Hakimi.
“The club wants to thank Achraf for all these years of dedication, professionalism and exemplary behaviour since he came to our academy in 2006 and wishes him good luck in his new phase.”
Hakimi featured 17 times for Los Blancos in the 2017/18 campaign, where he was part of the side that won the Champions League and Club World Cup.
But his time at the LaLiga giants is over now that he has penned a five-year deal at the San Siro.
He will now link with Antonio Conte’s men at the end of the campaign.
SunSport reported last week how Inter were in pole position to sign him ahead of Premier League suitors.
It had been stated that Manchester City had been scouting the defender with Pep Guardiola claimed to be a fan of the player.
Meanwhile Arsenal and Chelsea were also understood to be keen on Hakimi, but the right-back has decided that Inter is the best place for him to develop.