Inter Milan are looking to sign an offensive-minded right-back in the transfer window as Achraf Hakimi’s future at the club is in doubt.
Achraf Hakimi’s agent confirmed that his client could be on the way out of Inter Milan on the back of interest from Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain. The Moroccan international, who was acquired just one year ago from Real Madrid, is likely to depart the San Siro as the club looks to raise funds and overcome a major deficit caused by the coronavirus.
Hakimi’s sale would leave the Nerazzurri with just Matteo Darmian as a right-back, but he too has had his own struggles and has failed to remain consistent. Simone Inzaghi is likely to add another right-back to his squad before beginning his side’s title defence and Denzel Dumfries is the one linked with a switch to Inter Milan, as per Voetbal International.
Dumfries is currently representing the Dutch national side at the European Championship and was instrumental in their opening game. The 25-year-old scored the winner against Ukraine in a topsy-turvy game and secured the man of the match award as well. His performance last week was a true representation of how good a player he is.
The PSV Eindhoven full-back is fast and has great positioning. His defensive mindset provides a much-needed balance at the back, especially by nullifying any significant threats from the flanks. In addition to that, Dumfries also has good attacking characteristics which have seen him be part of the goals too.
His profile is similar to that of Hakimi’s, which justifies Inter’s interest in Dumfries. The right-back’s performances with the Netherlands have seen him become the subject of widespread attention in recent months and it may only be a matter of time before he leaves PSV Eindhoven. For his qualities, Inter Milan and the Serie A is the perfect destination.
Inter Milan are likely to build on Antonio Conte’s foundations of a system of wing-backs even under Inzaghi, which will get the best out of Dumfries. While his defensive qualities will surely be honed in Italy where all teams tend to defend deep, the Dutchman will also see his offensive game improve as he is likely to play in an advanced role than usual.
The Nerazzurri must act quickly and attempt to close out Dumfries’ signing soon as he is likely to be available at a reasonable fee in the near future. If he continues to perform at the European Championship as he has been in recent months, there may well be interest from some other clubs across Europe and Inter Milan may struggle with some intense competition.