Borussia Dortmund sign Real Madrid right-back Achraf Hakimi on year-long loan

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Achraf Hakimi impressed in his first season at Madrid.

Borussia Dortmund have signed Morocco international Achraf Hakimi on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.

The 19-year-old defender featured in all three of his country’s games at the World Cup.

He made nine La Liga appearances last season and also played twice in the Champions League, which Real won for the third successive year.

Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc told his club’s website: “Achraf Hakimi is a young, very dynamic full-back who has played at the highest level at Real Madrid and in the Moroccan national team.”

Madrid-born Hakimi will link up with his new team-mates later this month during the Bundesliga club’s pre-season tour of America.

His arrival at Dortmund follows the sale of Ukraine winger Andriy Yarmolenko to West Ham.

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Chelsea are close to appointing Maurizio Sarri as their new head coach and signing midfielder Jorginho, according to Napoli‘s president Aurelio De Laurentiis.

The Blues have reportedly lined up Sarri to replace current boss Antonio Conte following their poor Premier League title defence and failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Sarri remains under contract with the Serie A club, despite their decision to replace him with Carlo Ancelotti.

De Laurentiis, speaking at a press conference on Wednesday to unveil new coach Ancelotti, said: “The Sarri affair is nearly at its conclusion, it all depends on him. My lawyers have submitted papers to his lawyers.”

Referring to Italy international Jorginho, he added: “My agreement with (Roman) Abramovich is irrespective of whether or not Sarri ends up taking charge of the Blues.”

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Arsenal sign midfielder Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient

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French teenager Matteo Guendouzi has joined Arsenal from Lorient, the Premier League club have announced.

The signing of midfielder Guendouzi, 19, follows the capture of Uruguay international Lucas Torreira on Tuesday and becomes new manager Unai Emery’s fifth addition of the summer.

Guendouzi started at Paris St Germain before moving to Ligue 2 side Lorient’s academy in 2014.

He made his debut two years later, making 30 appearances, and has represented France at the nation’s under-18, under-19 and under-20 levels.

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