During last summer’s transfer window, Hakim Ziyech became one of football’s hottest commodities. A stunning campaign with Ajax, culminating in a Champions League semi-final berth saw Ziyech’s stock rise exponentially, with a summer move thus expected. With a lowly £25m buyout clause, Ziyech found himself linked with some of the biggest clubs in the world.
Surprisingly however, despite a 20+ goal season, no team put in a firm offer for the highly rated Moroccan, so to this day he remains an Ajax player. Having signed a new three year contract, it will take more money to prize him away but there is sure to be interest, and it is unlikely that he will be an Ajax player for too much longer.
Here are a list of clubs that should be vying for his signature.
Although Chelsea are currently serving a transfer ban, they are in the middle of an appeal which could see it overturned. Should this happen, Ziyech could be a perfect signing for the London club.
With Ziyech happy to play on the wing or as an attacking midfielder, he could be seen as a long term replacement for ageing wingers Willian and Pedro.
Liverpool may have one of the most dangerous front threes in world football, but it could also be the most vulnerable. Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Robert Firmino all rely on one another to create the chances needed to win games, but one long term injury to any of the front three and their potency in front of goal could fall off dramatically.
Tottenham are enduring somewhat of a disastrous start to the season, and with Christian Eriksen almost certain to leave in the summer, the club is in dire need of some squad replenishment. Although Tottenham have rarely been a side that splash the cash, they may need to in order to replace someone like Eriksen.
Hakim Ziyech could be just the man to do it. Capable of putting in dangerous crosses from set pieces and open play, he could be a perfect addition to a Spurs team in need of some creativity.
Arsenal’s bold signing of Nicolas Pepe for £72m from Lille in the summer should have quelled the club's need to sign Ziyech. However, Pepe has, so far, has largely failed to impress, scoring only three goals in all competitions. With just two assists in the league so far, Pepe hasn’t really paid his employers back as would have been expected.
Hakim Ziyech could certainly be of use to Arsenal right now. He may not be as pacy as the Ivory Coast man, but he’s certainly more potent in front of goal.
Bayern Munich are another team struggling for form at the start of the season, and are clearly in need of some creativity in the offensive third.
Willing to attack the full-backs down the flanks and whip the ball into the box, Ziyech could be just the man to provide this. The Ajax man would be a fantastic addition to FC Hollywood, one capable of pushing the back to the top of BuLi.