Chelsea target Ajax star Hakim Ziyech: Club Chief makes transfer decision

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One player that has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge is Ajax star Hakim Ziyech.

January transfer deadline day is here, and Chelsea are continuing in their search for attacking reinforcements.

The Morocco international was one of the standout players of the Dutch champions’ excellent run to the Champions League semi-final last season, and also impressed against Chelsea in the Champions League earlier this season.

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Here’s what has been said so far about the links to Hakim Ziyech.

Overmars’ admission

“Hakim Ziyech leaves when a good club presents itself,” Overmars told De Telegraaf. “That happens, I think, because he is much more in the spotlight because of his great game in the Champions League than last year.

“Very large clubs are hanging around him.

“By the way, we promised Hakim a nice transfer on his arrival.”

Hakim Ziyech’s release clause

Given the speculation that Roma baulked at a €40m price-tag a year ago, many would have expected that figure to have increased by at least €15m following the season he’s had.

However, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

The latest reports from the Netherlands from De Telegraaf (via the Mirror) claim that the asking price for the attacker is in the region of £30m, with the player said to be eyeing a move to the Emirates Stadium.

Chelsea target Ajax star Hakim Ziyech: Club Chief makes transfer decision
Hakim Ziyech celebrates scoring his side’s second goal against Spurs (Image: Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)

Manchester United, Roma aswell as clubs in Germany and Spain are also said to be interested in the talented attacking midfielder and with 16 goals as well as 13 assists last season it’s no shock he’s a wanted man.

Ozil advantage

Arsenal may have been handed a boost in the race to land Ziyech.

Eagle-eyed fans on social media have found an old video of the attacking midfielder taking part in a Q&A with former teammate Justin Kluivert, where he revealed that it was his ‘dream’ to play for Arsenal.

Asked which club he’d like to play for in the future, he responded: “Well, I have two clubs. They are Arsenal and Barcelona. That is my ultimate dream.”

In the same video, Ziyech was also asked who his football idol is and revealed it is none other than Arsenal’s very own Mesut Ozil.

Could that play into a transfer this summer? Only time will tell.

Leaked document

A document purportedly from Arsenal detailing a bid for Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech had been doing the rounds on social media but football.london revealed it was nothing of the sort.

This particular poorly made transfer Ziyech bid document posted on Twitter was as laughably bad a hoax as anyone can remember for a long time.

Sevilla links

Ziyech has also been linked with a move to Sevilla, a move in which the player himself doesn’t seem too interested in.

“With all due respect, they’re not a club that I leave Ajax for,” Ziyech told Algemeen Dagblad (via Marca ).

“For me, it’s key to improve in the sporting aspect. If it’s not a club similar to Ajax, I do not see the reason to leave.”

Dream move scuppered

Ziyech could have been an Arsenal player by now had the Gunners taken the advice of ex-winger Marc Overmars.

“I am a little surprised that things are still so quiet around Hakim,” Overmars said, as per AD . “I think he has played better every year and his statistics are exceptionally good. Many clubs are increasingly looking at that.

“They look more at the numbers than at what he shows and what is happening around him.

Chelsea target Ajax star Hakim Ziyech: Club Chief makes transfer decision
Marc Overmars celebrates Ajax’s win at Real Madrid in the Champions League.

“I think Hakim is better than Mesut Özil. I would say: sell it and you will get Hakim for half.

“But they didn’t listen to me, haha. So it could just be that he stays with Ajax.”

New contract

Ziyech signed a new deal with Ajax and that could be bad news for the Gunners should they wish to reignite any interest in future transfer windows.

This is because Ziyech’s release clause has apparently been removed.

According to AS, Ajax offered Ziyech an improved deal without a release clause included so that could deter clubs from making an offer or spark a bidding war.

Chelsea target Ajax star Hakim Ziyech: Club Chief makes transfer decision
(Image: ANP Sport via Getty Images)

Furthermore, the report claims the attacking midfielder’s new price tag is now £44m.

Ajax chief makes huge transfer admission

Edwin van der Sar has admitted that Ajax will lose more players this year.

Ajax’s success last campaign came at a cost, as they lost two of their best players in the summer window with Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt being sold to Barcelona and Juventus respectively

And speaking to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, former Manchester United goalkeeper says the club are resigned to losing more top of their key stars.

Chelsea target Ajax star Hakim Ziyech: Club Chief makes transfer decision
Edwin Van der Sar ahead of Ajax’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur. (Image: (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images))

“Next year Ajax will undoubtedly also lose players again,” he said.

Arteta reignites interest in Ziyech

Ziyech is free to leave Ajax this month, according to reports.

Italian outlet CalcioMercato claim that Ziyech has been told he can leave the Amsterdam club in the current transfer window, but only if his asking price is met.

The report claims Ajax have slapped a £43 million price tag on the midfielder, which has alerted Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta.

Lampard eyes move for Ziyech

According to ESPN, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has identified Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech as priority summer targets.

Speaking after Chelsea’s 2-1 FA Cup win over Hull City, Lampard said: “We lost ground last summer [with the transfer ban] and we need to make moves now to take us forward.

“I have a strong feeling of where we can improve personnel-wise to take us forward. So for me it’s clear.

“The money of it is not my job but I have to be honest and truthful. Short-term recruitment is something we have to get right.”

SOURCE: FOOTBALL.LONDON

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