Moroccan international Hakim Ziyech was one of the highest points of Dutch side Ajax this season, taking the team to win a domestic double and reach the Champions League semi-finals in a magical campaign that saw the team become one of the most surprising squads in Europe in recent years.
Ziyech, as we said, was one of the most important players within The Lancers ranks and just like some of his teammates, his days playing at Johan Cruyff ArenA may be coming to an end following three superlative seasons at Amsterdam following an €11m move from Eredivisie rivals Twente.
Now Hakim can be making his way out of the team given the fact he’s been followed by some of the biggest clubs in Europe. Nevertheless, Mirror reports that Unai Emery’s team, Arsenal, may become the next destination for Ziyech, and more now that an old video of the winger surfaced, when he appears saying he would like to play for the Gunners.
Speaking to Ajax TV two years ago, Ziyech said:
“Well, I have two clubs. They are Arsenal and Barcelona.
“It is my ultimate dream [to play for them],” he revealed. The playmaker then identified which of the north Londoners’ squad members he models himself on, stating: “Yes, I actually do have one. [Mesut] Ozil. I’m not even close to Ozil’s level.”
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Albeit other teams like Bayern Munich or Liverpool will try to sign Hakim this offseason, these statements make people think Arsenal would have a better chance to land Ziyech if they intend to do so. Good thing for them and for anybody else interested in the Moroccan’s services is that he’s available for a bargain £25m.
With this being said, Ziyech joins a large list of Ajax players that will be leaving the club in the summer, including Matthijs de Ligt, Donny van de Beek, David Neres and Frenkie de Jong, who already signed with Barcelona a couple of months ago.