By Wayne Veysey

20th Aug, 2022 | 6:57am

Sources: Man United ready to beat Barcelona to Achraf Hakimi signing as talks held

Man United have turned their attention to signing Paris Saint-Germain star Achraf Hakimi, sources from the club have told Football Insider.

The Premier League giants are working on a deal to lure the 23-year-old as they look to sign a right-back before transfer window shuts.

United’s recruitment team and manager Erik ten Hag have made the capture of a top-class right-sided defender a key priority over the final 11 days of the window now they have all but sealed the marquee signing of Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro.

But the embattled Premier League club face competition for Hakimi’s signature from Spanish giants Barcelona.

Hakimi is regarded as one of the best attacking full-backs in world football having played for Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan before his move to PSG last year.

The French giants fended off Chelsea and their £60million bid to pull off the capture of the Morocco international.

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He has started PSG’s first three matches of the new season after being a mainstay of the starting XI in his debut campaign in France.

He made 41 appearances last term, which included 28 Ligue 1 starts as well as starts in all eight of their Champions League matches.

Hakimi has been a consistent goalscorer and goal creator at all the clubs he has played for, and those attacking qualities are highly valued by United.

They are looking for an upgrade on current right-back options Aaron Wan Bissaka and Diogo Dalot.

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