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Manchester City Have Set Their Sights On This Paris Saint-Germain Star: Should Pep Go For Him?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Marca stated that Manchester City have set their sights on Paris Saint-Germain star Achraf Hakimi. It has been revealed that Man City are eyeing a move for the Moroccan right-back this summer.

Hakimi’s Impressive Run Of Form In Ligue 1 Last Season

Hakimi enjoyed another impressive campaign in Paris after he produced a series of solid performances on the right side of PSG’s backline. The 24-year-old registered five goals and six assists in 39 matches for the French club last season in various competitions.

The Morocco international managed to prove his worth on the right flank by averaging 1.9 tackles, 0.6 interceptions, 0.5 clearances, 0.6 shots, 1.2 key passes and 1.0 dribbles per game in Ligue 1. He was even tidy when distributing the ball from the back based on his pass completion rate of 90.2% in league football (stats via whoscored).

His current deal with PSG will run out in the summer of 2026. Hence, Man City will have to make a good offer if they are serious about acquiring the services of the Moroccan full-back later this year.

Achraf Hakimi
Paris Saint-Germain’s Moroccan defender Achraf Hakimi (C) is is tackled by Clermont-Ferrand’s Tunisian midfielder Saif-Eddine Khaoui during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Clermont Foot 63 at the Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris on June 3, 2023. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Should Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola Go For Hakimi?

Hakimi can time his tackles well to secure the ball back for his team inside his half. He usually clears the danger when needed and can even engineer some promising chances for his teammates from the right flank. The Morocco international can even strike the ball with venom from long range and is an accurate passer of the ball as well.

We can expect Hakimi to enhance the quality of Man City‘s first XI. He might even serve as a good replacement for Joao Cancelo who is facing an uncertain future at the Etihad Stadium.

Someone of Hakimi’s quality could help the Mancunian club maintain their dominance in both domestic and European football. Therefore, it makes a ton of sense for Pep Guardiola to go for the Moroccan talent before the start of the new season. However, there are some question marks over whether he can cope with the physical nature and high intensity of Premier League football if Guardiola can devise a way to land him this summer.

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