CHELSEA, Arsenal and Tottenham are amongst the SEVEN clubs fighting it out to sign Achraf Hakimi this summer.
The Moroccan full-back, 21, has spent the last two seasons at Borussia Dortmund on loan from Real Madrid.
In that time he has emerged as one of the world’s brightest talents, with seemingly all of Europe’s elite chasing his signature.
His stint in the Bundesliga has seen Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane prepare for talks with Hakimi over a permanent return to the Bernabeu.
But he is now under huge pressure, with Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs joined by Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern Munich – as well as Dortmund.
And Hakimi has told Zidane he will NOT return to Madrid if he will only be playing second-fiddle to Dani Carvajal, according to reports in Spain.
Hakimi’s contract at the Bernabeu runs until June 2022 and contains a release clause of around £50million.
The Real Madrid youth product has scored five times in 46 Bundesliga games across the past two seasons.
And Hakimi has played a marathon 36 games already in 2019-20 alone across all competitions – scoring seven times, a superb record for a full-back.
Blues boss Frank Lampard has identified the defender as the perfect solution to strengthen his options at the back.
However, at Stamford Bridge he would be more likely to start on the left-side of defence, with options there limited and Reece James excelling on the right.
Hakimi has earned 28 caps for Morocco already, despite being only 21, scoring twice.