Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars has confirmed that Hakim Ziyech will leave the club this summer – it’s just a matter of where.
Ziyech, the left-footed Moroccan international, played a starring role in the Dutch club’s run to the Champions League semi-finals.
The 26-year-old has enjoyed a remarkable campaign in Amsterdam, scoring 21 goals and registering 24 assists for Erik ten Hag’s side as they completed a domestic double.
Scouts have flocked to the Johan Cruyff Arena to keep tabs on the club’s star names, and Ziyech has impressed.
Manchester United , Arsenal and Liverpool have all been watching him – as have Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, with the pair eyeing him as replacement for Arjen Robben and Christian Pulisic respectively. Bayern have already made contact with the player’s representatives.
Ziyech has been non-committal on his future thus far, saying after the club sealed the Dutch title this week “That [a move] will come by itself. When that happens, everyone will automatically hear it.”
Ajax are resigned to losing the ex-Twente star for a relatively meagre £25million, due to a release clause in his contract.
But Overmars admits he will go with their blessing.
“He leaves when a top club comes,” said the Ajax boss. “He is in focus because of his achievements in the Champions League.
“Many big clubs are buzzing around him. We promised Hakim [that we would] agree to a good transfer.”