Upon the depressing news that Achraf Hakimi would be moving onto Inter Milan for a measly fee of €40 million, many Madridistas took solace in the fact that Real Madrid would probably be inserting a buy-back clause in the contract.
Unfortunately, according to Fabrizio Romano, that assumption was incorrect. He is reporting that no buy-back clause will be present in the deal, meaning that Achraf will be gone for good once things are finalized.
Fabrizio also goes on to note that Achraf forcefully requested to leave Real Madrid due to not wanting to be a backup right back, which may have also played a role in him rejecting the reported advances of Manchester City.
There is little doubt that Achraf will be joining a team and coach that he is well-suited for, given Conte’s preference for a back three and the responsibility he gives his wing-backs in the attacking phase. However, it will be interesting to see how the young Moroccan adapts to the more rigid positional demands against the ball at Inter, as Conte will most definitely not be as lax in his defensive requirements as Lucien Favre was for Achraf.