Ajax have confirmed that their star winger Hakim Ziyech is going to leave the club this summer, sparking a mass scramble for the Moroccan’s services among Europe’s elite in the coming weeks.
The 26-year-old was named the club’s player of the year for a second consecutive season and has been outstanding throughout the campaign, scoring 21 times and assisting 24 in all competitions.
Like many of his Ajax teammates, it has been his displays in the Champions League in particular which has seen his stock rise this season, leading to some of the world’s biggest clubs attempting to secure his signature.
With an incredibly low €25m release clause in his contract, Ziyech is surely set to be one of the bargains of this summer’s transfer window but who wants him and will be the one to get him?
Here is a list of the contenders and how likely he is to join them.
The Serie A
If that is the case the new manager, whoever that may be, could well see Ziyech as a perfect player to bring in as a replacement for the two South American stars, with the Ajax man’s ability to create goalscoring opportunities for his teammates sure to excite Juve’s main man Cristiano Ronaldo
With so much uncertainty surrounding the Italian side at present, however, the opportunity to sign Ziyech may well pass Juventus
Likelihood rating: 3/10
Despite having one of the most dangerous attacking tridents in world football it is no secret that Liverpool
The former FC Twente man is able to play in all positions across the front three with his pace and creativity seemingly ideal for the way Klopp likes to play.
With Sadio Mane
Likelihood rating: 3/10
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are crying out for a new right winger and have been since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson.
While reports suggest their main target for the position was Borussia Dortmund
With the club needing so many players in a variety of positions, the chance to obtain such a high-quality player for just €25m is one they should seriously consider, especially having paid over the odds on multiple occasions in the last few years.
With United unable to offer Champions League
Likelihood rating: 4/10
The Ligue 1 champions are always on the hunt for attacking players to improve their squad and, having come up short in the European Cup once again this year, they may well look to freshen up their frontline with a move for one of the competition’s star performers this season.
With the future of Edinson Cavani
Assuming Kylian Mbappe stays, following PSG’s latest statement on his future, an attack consisting of the French superstar, Neymar
Likelihood rating: 5/10
Despite picking up their seventh consecutive Bundesliga
In no position is this more apparent than out-wide where stalwart wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben are both leaving this summer.
While they have Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry in their ranks, Ziyech may well prove to be a step-up in quality from those two and, with the Bayern
Likelihood rating: 7/10
An interview from two years ago has resurfaced recently where
With manager Unai Emery in the market for a winger this summer, it could end up being a match made in heaven, with Arsenal desperate for a player of Ziyech’s quality in the wide positions.
Despite claiming it was his dream to come to the Emirates, in reality Ziyech will not want to spend a year out of the Champions League as he approaches the peak of his career and this deal may well be dependant on whether or not Arsenal make next year’s competition by winning the Europa League final against Chelsea
If they do though, Ziyech’s dream may well come to fruition.
Likelihood rating: 7/10 (8/10 with Europa League victory)