Liverpool legend John Barnes says Arsenal, Man City or Leicester should sign Ajax star Hakim Ziyech

8 Aug

Liverpool legend John Barnes believes Man City, Arsenal or Leicester should try to sign Hakim Ziyech and feels he would be a welcome addition to the Premier League.

The Dutch-born Morocco international caught the eye of several sides last season following a series of impressive displays for Ajax.

Ziyech was excellent last season for Ajax
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He scored 21 goals, and was named the club’s Player of the Year after starring in their run to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Ziyech has been linked heavily with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, while a switch to the Premier League has also been suggested.

Back in May, Ziyech was linked with Arsenal and Manchester City and Barnes says the player reminds him very much of Riyad Mahrez.

“I think (Hakim) Ziyech, the Moroccan at Ajax would be a great signing for the Premier League,” the Liverpool legend told bonuscodebets. “I think he could do very well here.

“He’s plays a similar role to (Riyad) Mahrez, but I think he works harder defensively. I enjoy watching him.

The Moroccan helped Ajax reach the Champions League semi-finals – though they were defeated by Spurs
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“He could go to Man City or Arsenal and fit them, I think Liverpool are a bit different. But he could fit into any team that wants to play with the ball, in possession and move the ball quickly.

“A lot of teams do that in the Premier League. Leicester do it under Brendan Rodgers so that could be a good team for him.”

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Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars revealed Ziyech – who has a release clause of £25million – is free to leave in the summer.

The ex-Arsenal winger said: “He leaves when a top club comes. 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.”

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Arsenal transfers: Marc Overmars tells Unai Emery to sell Mesut Ozil and sign Ajax star Hakim Ziyech

15 Jul

Marc Overmars has told Arsenal to sell Mesut Ozil this summer and replace him with Hakim Ziyech.

Overmars, who is now Director of Football at Ajax, even claimed the Morocco international is a better player than Ozil.

Mesut Ozil struggled for large parts of last season at Arsenal
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Despite retiring from international duty last summer to focus on his club career, the German failed to nail down a starting role under Unai Emery and registered just two assists in 24 Premier League games.

The 30-year-old signed a lucrative new deal at the Emirates in January 2018, meaning getting his mammoth £350,000-a-week wages off the books will be extremely difficult.

But Overmars, who made 100 appearances for the Gunners between 1997-2000, believes his former side must go all out to sign Ziyech this summer.

“I am a bit surprised that it is still so quiet around Hakim,” Overmars told Voetbal International.

Ziyech celebrates scoring against Spurs in the Champions League
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“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. I think Hakim Ziyech is better than Mesut Ozil.

“I would say sell him (Ozil) and you will get Hakim for half. But they (Arsenal) didn’t listen to me. So it could just be that he stays with Ajax.”

The 26-year-old, who scored against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League semi-final, scored 16 goals and registered 13 assists to help Ajax lift the Eredivisie title.

Gunners boss Unai Emery is keen to invest in better wide players this summer, with Crystal Palace wing wizard Wilfried Zaha also a target.

Ziyech has previously spoken of his desire to play for Arsenal, and is available for just £25m owing to a contractual clause in his current deal in Amsterdam.

He was on international duty with Morocco at the African Cup of Nations, but the Atlas Lions were knocked out by Benin at the Round-of-16 stage.

Africa Cup of Nations 2019 transfer targets to watch, including stars wanted by Liverpool, Arsenal, and Manchester United

21 Jun

The eagerly anticipated 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations begins on Friday as 24 teams battle for the right to call themselves champions of the continent.

This year’s tournament takes place in Egypt and a number of world-class players, including Mohamed Salah, Kalidou Koulibaly and Sadio Mane will be in action.

Can Salah help Egypt become victorious on home soil?
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However, there are a few players who could use AFCON 2019 as an opportunity to impress any watching scouts from other clubs.

Below you can see the twelve transfer targets talkSPORT.com has identified that you should keep an eye on.

Serge Aurier (Ivory Coast)

Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier is not the first choice right-back at Tottenham, so could be looking elsewhere this summer.

It is understood there will be a squad overhaul at Spurs this window and Aurier may well be part of that drive but it’s not clear where he will go.

The 26-year-old can also play at left-back if necessary.

Aurier’s future at Spurs looks pretty uncertain
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Yacine Brahimi (Algeria)

The winger is expected to leave Porto when his contract expires this summer, despite scoring 13 goals and supplying nine assists in all competitions last season.

Brahimi, 29, has been linked with moves to Premier League clubs Arsenal, Manchester United, Everton and Wolves.

Brahimi helped Porto reach the Champions League quarter-finals last season
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Idrissa Gana Gueye (Senegal)

He was denied his dream move to Paris Saint-Germain in January and will surely try to engineer his departure from Everton again.

Senegal go into the tournament as one of the favourites to win it and Gueye is likely to be at the centre of that but if PSG are watching him then Gueye will have added motivation to perform well.

Gueye almost moved to French giants PSG on deadline day in January
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Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal)

Gueye’s compatriot Koulibaly is the defender that pretty much every top European side would love to get their hands on.

The centre-back has been linked to the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea and a good performance at AFCON 2019 will only raise his profile for the better.

Koulibaly could go for a fee of £84m, which would be a world record for a defender
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His club Napoli will probably be hoping he doesn’t play well for once!

Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria)

The midfielder’s future at Leicester has been under some scrutiny for a while now.

Manchester United are the latest club to have been linked with Ndidi and the 22-year-old admitted this month he was ‘flattered’ to be on the radar of such a big club.

Ndidi tangles with Lionel Messi at the World Cup last summer
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Andre Onana (Cameroon)

Part of that Ajax team that nearly achieved unlikely glory in the Champions League.

However, as the Dutch outfit are a club that develops talented players before selling them on for a large price, it’s no surprise that Onana has been linked with a move away.

The clubs reportedly monitoring Onana’s situation include Barcelona, Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham.

Thomas Partey (Ghana)

Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey’s future with the Spanish giants looks to be winding down and the Ghanaian will be using the upcoming finals to attract any prospective bidders.

The latest news on Partey is that he will be allowed to leave if his £43.5million release clause is met, according to his agent.

Arsenal and Manchester United have been linked to him and if Partey and Ghana do well then either club may just put in a bid.

Partey is one of a number of players who could be sold by Atletico this summer
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Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast)

The likes of Dmitri Payet, Yohan Cabaye and Eden Hazard have all been at French club Lille in the early parts of their career before moving on and Nicolas Pepe looks to be the latest star destined for better things.

Ivory Coast winger Pepe is on the radar of a number of European clubs with Liverpool thought to be leading the way for the 24-year-old.

The Reds have African footballers Salah, Mane and Naby Keita among their ranks so their scouts will surely be tuning into the tournament.

Nicolas Pepe has been prolific for Lille this season, scoring 22 league goals
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Jean-Michael Seri (Ivory Coast)

Pepe’s compatriot Seri will be desperate to have a good AFCON 2019 following his disastrous 2018/19 campaign.

He rejected offers from Chelsea and Liverpool to join an exciting Fulham last summer but the Cottagers never got going and were relegated from the top flight.

The midfielder has more quality than the Championship football he’s destined to play next season and could even be available on the cheap as a result of Fulham’s relegation.

Serie A sides are amongst those monitoring the player right now.

Victor Wanyama (Kenya)

As already mentioned, Tottenham are reportedly planning a squad overhaul this summer and Victor Wanyama could be one of these players who gets moved on.

Wanyama, 27, is a hero in his homeland of Kenya but at Spurs he’s just another player really.

The former Southampton player could be available for one of the Premier League’s smaller clubs, especially if he does well in Egypt.

Wilfried Zaha (Ivory Coast)

It’s not completely clear where Wilfried Zaha’s future lies but it surely won’t be at Crystal Palace before too long.

The Eagles talisman made it clear that he wants to leave Selhurst Park this summer and he will have no shortage of admirers anyway.

But if the Ivory Coast, who are always amongst the favourites in the tournament, do well then this is the perfect platform to showcase his brilliant quality.

Zaha will be hoping to guide the Elephants to AFCON glory

Hakim Ziyech (Morocco)

Another Ajax star who will probably be shifted for a huge price is winger Ziyech.

The 26-year-old has caught the eye of Arsenal and is reportedly available for £25million which is within the Gunners’ price range.

Ziyech and Morocco did very well at the 2018 World Cup despite failing to make it out of their group which also had Spain and Portugal in it.

Ziyech is unlikely to be an Ajax player next season
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Africa Cup of Nations 2019: Ten players to watch at the tournament, including Liverpool stars and Arsenal and Manchester United targets

19 Jun

The footballing world will turn its attention to Egypt on Friday as the Africa Cup of Nations gets underway.

The hosts kick things off against Zimbabwe in the first edition of the biennial tournament to be held during the summer months, following the decision to move it from January/February.

Liverpool stars Sadio Mane and Mo Salah will both feature
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With no domestic football to distract from the competition, it provides an excellent opportunity for stars to shine, especially with the summer transfer window open.

Here, talkSPORT.com takes a look at the players who could take Egypt by storm.

Alex Iwobi – Nigeria

Alex Iwobi will hope to shine in the absence of Victor Moses
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Nigeria travel to Egypt without Victor Moses, who announced his international retirement after last year’s World Cup.

It means Arsenal’s Iwobi will have to fill the void and show his huge potential on the big stage – something Gunners fans continue to wait for.

Yves Bissouma – Mali

Yves Bissouma impressed at Brighton this season
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While Brighton were uninspiring in the Premier League this season, Seagulls fans will tell you how impressive Bissouma was.

Keeping hold of the Mali midfielder could prove crucial to their chances of survival under Graham Potter next season.

Kalidou Koulibaly – Senegal

The Napoli defender is considered one of the best in the world
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Napoli want £90million for their star centre-back and a solid performance at AFCON could add to that valuation.

Manchester United are among several top clubs in Europe desperate to sign the Senegalese defender.

Idrissa Gueye – Senegal

Senegal have a host of big name players
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Another Senegalese star linked with a move away is Everton maestro Gueye.

The 29-year-old nearly joined Paris Saint-Germain in January and said he hopes the French champions will revive their interest this summer.

Riyad Mahrez – Algeria

Mahrez has found himself down the pecking order at the Etihad
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Riyad Mahrez became something of a forgotten man at Manchester City this season, following his £60million move which made him the most expensive African footballer in history.

He will hope to put things right in Egypt.

Hakim Ziyech – Algeria

Hakim Ziyech featured for morocco at the 2018 World Cup in Russia
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Ziyech enjoyed a fantastic season with Ajax – helping Erik ten Hag’s side lift the Eredivisie trophy, the KNVB Cup, and starring during their remarkable Champions League run.

And, on a personal level, the 26-year-old claimed the club’s Player of the Year award thanks to his 21 goals and 24 assists in 49 games.

He has been heavily linked with a £25million move to Arsenal.

Moussa Djenepo – Mali

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Southampton fans will be keeping a close eye on their new signing Djenepo, who joins the club on a £14million deal from Standard Liege this summer.

The 20-year-old attacker will be a key player for Mali, thanks to his direct running and delightful dribbling.

Nicolas Pepe – Ivory Coast

Nicolas Pepe is wanted by a host of top clubs across Europe
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The 23-year-old Lille winger took Ligue 1 by storm this season, netting 19 times and providing 11 assists in 32 games to catch the eye of several top clubs.

Liverpool are reportedly leading the chase for his signature, with Premier League rivals Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton also interested.

Lille have slapped a £70million price tag on his head, which could rise with a strong showing in Egypt.

Sadio Mane – Senegal

It’s easy to see why Senegal are fancied
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The Premier League Golden Boot was shared between three Africans this season – and two of them will feature at AFCON.

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, the Senegal captain, will hope to lead his nation’s golden generation to glory.

Mohamed Salah – Egypt

Mohamed Salah is a national hero in Egypt
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The ‘Egyptian King’ will carry the weight of a nation on his shoulders this summer.

The seven-time AFCON champions are favourites to win the tournament again in their home country.

Salah will be looking to cap off an incredible summer after winning the Champions League with Liverpool.

Liverpool transfer news: Who should Reds target if Mohamed Salah leaves for Real Madrid? Including stars from Lille and Ajax

23 May

Mohamed Salah has had another stellar season in the Premier League.

The Egyptian netted 22 goals to share the Golden Boot with his team-mate Sadio Mane and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Unfortunately for Reds fans, his superb displays have once again fuelled speculation of a big money move away in the summer.

Real Madrid have reportedly made ‘initial contact’ with Salah’s representatives over a transfer to the Spanish capital, with the 26-year-old said to be one of Zinedine Zidane’s top targets as he continues to plan his squad overhaul at the Bernebeu.

But if Salah was to be lured to LaLiga, who could replace him at Anfield? talkSPORT.com has identifed four players Klopp could target.

Florian Thauvin (Marseille)

Thauvin found it tough at Newcastle but has been sensational for Marseille

Having struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League with Newcastle, Florian Thauvin has really found his feet in Ligue 1 with Marseille and has been outstanding this season.

The Frenchman has netted 15 goals and added eight assists in 32 matches to cement his name as one of the best performers in the French top-flight this campaign.

Finding a player who has composure in front of goal is crucial if Liverpool are to replace Salah, and Thauvin possesses that ability to find the net.

Klopp will have to fight to secure his signature however, as AC Milan, Atletico Madrid and Inter have all shown interest in the forward.

Nicolas Pepe (Lille)

Pepe is one of the most in-demand players in Europe
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Lille forward Nicolas Pepe has become one of the hottest properties in Europe for his stunning displays in Ligue 1 this season.

The 23-year-old has shot to prominence after scoring 22 goals and providing 11 assists in the French division and he is now at the centre of a tug-of-war between Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United.

Having joined Lille in 2017 for around £10million, his move now seems inevitable after his manager revealed the club were powerless to stop him moving on.

“Nicolas Pepe will leave. Life’s like that, football’s like that today,” Galtier is quoted by the Mail.

“He is a player of the highest level who will have a big decision to make on the choice of his next club. There will be a battle between the great European teams.”

Pepe can play across the front three but is most accustomed to occupying the right-flank, where Salah is preferred in Klopp’s set-up.

Hakim Ziyech (Ajax)

Hakim Ziyech claimed it was a ‘dream’ to play for Arsenal back in 2017
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Another player who should be on Klopp’s radar if Salah leaves is Ajax star Hakim Ziyech.

Ziyech enjoyed a fantastic season in Amsterdam – helping Erik ten Hag’s side lift the Eredivisie trophy and the KNVB Cup.

And, on a personal level, the 26-year-old claimed the club’s Player of the Year award thanks largely to his 21 goals and 24 assists in 49 games.

Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars recently revealed Ziyech – who has a release clause of £25million – is free to leave in the summer.

However, Ziyech recently revealed his preferred destination is Arsenal or Barcelona – although Liverpool’s offer of Champions League football could trump the interest of their Premier League rivals.

Steven Bergwijn (PSV)

Bergwijn has been linked with Arsenal and Liverpool

PSV youngster Steven Bergwijn has had a storming season in the Bundesliga.

The 21-year-old was instrumental in his side’s title challenge and scored 14 goals in 33 matches as his side were pipped to the Eredivisie crown by Ajax.

Bergwijn also contributed 12 assists this season and although he may not be the finished article just yet, he could be the ideal long-term replacement for Salah if he leaves the club.

Liverpool have been linked with the winger in recent weeks but they face competition from Manchester United, who are also tracking his progress  – and a reported £30million price tag has been placed on his head.

Arsenal transfer news: How Gunners could look next season without Lacazette and Ozil – but with Ziyech and Zaha

21 May

Arsenal manager Unai Emery must somehow find a way to significantly improve his side with a reported £40million budget this summer.

The Gunners have been linked with a host of potential signings, with Ajax star Hakim Ziyech the latest name to emerge.

Hakim Ziyech starred for Ajax in their Champions League run
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The 26-year-old, who was named the Dutch club’s Player of the Year after grabbing 21 goals and 24 assists, has previously said it would be a ‘dream’ to play for Arsenal.

Ziyech is free to leave this summer, according to Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars, and has a release clause of £25million.

Other reported targets, albeit far more expensive, are Wilfried Zaha and Nicolas Pepe.

Zaha is thought to have told Crystal Palace he wants to play Champions League football next season – and the Gunners could qualify for Europe’s elite club competition with victory over Chelsea in the Europa League final.

However, the Eagles want £80million for their talisman, and Lille want a similar amount for Pepe, which is double Arsenal’s transfer budget for the summer.

It means Emery must generate transfer funds by offloading some players – and it is understood he is planning a mass overhaul of his squad.

Wilfried Zaha looks set for the exit at Selhurst Park
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Out-of-favour Mesut Ozil would command a significant fee, with French giants Paris Saint-Germain reportedly interested.

As would Arsenal Player of the Year Alexandre Lacazette, who Atletico Madrid have made their prime target to replace Antoine Griezmann, with Barcelona also in hot pursuit.

Meanwhile, Emery will be desperate to tighten up the club’s shaky defence and AC Milan are willing to take Shkodran Mustafi off his hands.

William Saliba is highly thought of in France
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That could free up some cash for the club to bid £25million for Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba, who has emerged as a potential target.

Elsewhere, the club must find a replacement for retiring goalkeeper Petr Cech, with Madrid’s Keylor Navas a possible option to rival Bernd Leno.

With all that said, here is how the Gunners could look next season:

Emery’s high-octane philosophy requires blistering pace in attack, which this XI contains in abundance.

The likes of Zaha, Ziyech and Pepe would ensure a lightening quick transition from defence to attack, allowing Arsenal to catch teams on the break.

Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, another player who could be sold, often lack the energy levels required for this style of play.

In defence, many Gunners fans would be happy to see the back of Mustafi, who was responsible for too many dropped points this season.

Saliba, 18, is highly thought of in France – and could thrive alongside his experienced compatriot Laurent Koscielny.

Arsenal in pole position to beat Manchester United to £25m transfer of Ajax sensation Hakim Ziyech – who idolises Mesut Ozil

19 May

Arsenal are in pole position to beat Manchester United to the signing of Hakim Ziyech this summer, with the winger set to leave Ajax for just £25million.

The Morocco international has previously insisted it is his ‘dream’ to play for the Gunners and quotes Mesut Ozil as his hero.

Hakim Ziyech claimed it was a ‘dream’ to play for Arsenal back in 2017
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Ziyech enjoyed a fantastic season in Amsterdam – helping Erik ten Hag’s side lift the Eredivisie trophy and the KNVB Cup.

And, on a personal level, the 26-year-old claimed the club’s Player of the Year award thanks largely to his 21 goals and 24 assists in 49 games.

Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars recently revealed Ziyech – who has a release clause of £25million – is free to leave in the summer.

The ex-Arsenal winger said: “He leaves when a top club comes. He is in focus because of his achievements in the Champions League.

Mesut Ozil is said to by Ziyech’s hero
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“Many big clubs are buzzing around him. We promised Hakim [that we would] agree to a good transfer.”

And it appears as though a move to north London could well be on the cards, especially if his comments from 2017 are anything to go by.

When asked by former team-mate Justin Kluivert who would he like to play for, Ziyech told Ajax TV: “Well, I have two clubs.

“They are Arsenal and Barcelona. That is my ultimate dream.”

The 26-year-old’s antics in the Champions League against Spurs will certainly endear him to the Arsenal supporters
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And speaking on whether he has a footballing idol, he said: “Yes, I actually do have one. [Mesut] Ozil.”

Signing Ziyech could be seen as a shrewd piece of business considering alternative target Wilfried Zaha could cost an extortionate sum.

The Gunners would reportedly consider a £40million bid for the Ivory Coast international, but current club Crystal Palace are holding out for £80million.

Manchester United transfer news: How Red Devils could look next season without Paul Pogba – but with Paulo Dybala and Kalidou Koulibaly

19 May

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be handed a quarter of a BILLION pounds to solve Manchester United this summer, according to reports.

The Times claim Ed Woodward will entrust the Norwegian with a £250million transfer kitty in order to improve the current squad.

Ed Woodward is set to give Solskjaer a huge transfer budget with which to transform United
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After a meek end to the season, Europa League football is heading back to Old Trafford.

The next two months will be crucial for the ‘Baby Faced Assassin’ as he attempts to rebuild his fragmented squad.

Paul Pogba’s future in the north-west seems to be growing murkier everyday, with Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane poised to pounce.

Should the World Cup winner depart, expect David De Gea’s future come under intense scrutiny once again.

The futures of both De Gea and Pogba remain extremely uncertain
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Another Real Madrid target, Spain’s No.1 had an indifferent season and reports suggest there are a number of targets being lined up to replace the shot-stopper.

The departures of both men before the transfer window slams shut on August 8 would certainly cause the already inflated transfer budget to swell to almost insurmountable levels.

Barcelona shot-stopper Jasper Cillessen is reportedly on the Red Devils’ shortlist to replace De Gea, should the former Atletico Madrid keeper return to Spain.

Likewise, Pogba’s possible departure could mean Newcastle United wonderkid Sean Longstaff is brought in.

Sean Longstaff may have convinced United chiefs to make a move
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While plenty may scoff at the thought of the flamboyant Frenchman being replaced by the 21-year-old from the Toon, Solskjaer has already reiterated his desire to bring in hard-working players so as to change the ethos of the club.

The Red Devils have also been linked with moves for two of the best players plying their trade in Italy. Kalidou Koulibaly has been linked with a move for some time now, with Jose Mourinho even reportedly considering a bid during his time in charge.

And the revelation Paulo Dybala is ready to leave Juventus has seemingly shunted United straight to the front of the queue.

After a spectacular campaign in both the Eredivisie and the Champions League, Hakim Ziyech is reportedly on Solskjaer’s radar with German publication Bild reporting a move could be made in the summer.

So how on earth could these superstars gel together at United next season?

Taking into account the possible departures of Pogba and De gea, talkSPORT.com have created a *potential* starting XI for Manchester United for next season.

Scroll to see how we believe the Red Devils could line up next season!

DEFENCE

Kalidou Koulibaly has been a rock at the back for Napoli since joining the club in 2014
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With Cillessen in between the sticks in place of De Gea, United have a solid (albeit not spectacular) No.1. But the real strength would lie in front of the Netherlands shot-stopper.

Crystal Palace wonderkid Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been linked after a tremendous debut season and would fit in seamlessly alongisde Koulibaly in a full-back role.

Victor Lindelof is slowly but surely developing into the player Unietd fans hoped he would and looks set to continue his development. While Player of the Year Luke Shaw will be desperate to claim back his England spot after missing out on the Nations League Finals.

MIDFIELD

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says McTominay is ‘a young midfielder who is constantly improving’

As mentioned previously, Solskjaer’s dedication to finding grafters should see Longstaff slip right in next to academy graduate Scott McTominay.

The Scotland international has a big future ahead of him and earned praise for his displays against Barcelona and for adding goals to his repertoire.

For those who scoff at what seem to be an industrious midfield, remember the Champions League Final sees Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson pitted against one another.

ATTACK

Martial and Rashford were devastating together when played up front in 2016
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With Dybala seamlessly slotting into the No.10 role, United could have one of the most formidable attacks in Europe.

Up front, Anthony Martial needs confidence and the support of his teammates to restore his belief. Both he and Marcus Rashford were devastating in 2016 when given regular game time by Louis van Gaal.

The introduction of Ziyech would certainly benefit the Red Devils as the Ajax forward can play from the right and interchange with Dybala for the attacking midfield position. Here’s how this incredible team might look next season.

United’s team for next season is potentially devastating
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Transfer news: Ajax wonderkids set for Premier League moves with Liverpool, Arsenal, and Manchester United among favourites to sign them

17 Apr

Ajax are through to the Champions League semi-final after despatching Juventus in style.

The Dutch giants dumped Cristiano Ronaldo and co out of the competition thanks to a 3-2 aggregate scoreline, which had neutrals across Europe celebrating.

Ajax players celebrate their win over Juventus

But while it represents a magnificent for both Ajax and European football, proving the game’s modern elite can be beaten when it matter, it feels like it could be this side’s last hurrah.

The collection of wonderkids and experienced aces may be broken up in just two months times as clubs across Europe get ready to raid Amsterdam.

Frenkie de Jong, the classy midfielder, has already sealed his transfer, having penned a move to Barcelona on July 1, which is no surprise given his astonishing ability which saw him, on occasion, embarrass Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric in the Round of 16 victory over Real Madrid.

But where will there other heroes be going when the transfer window opens? Oddschecker.com have provided the latest odds.

Matthijs de Ligt

The 19-year-old captain has already been hailed by Rio Ferdinand as ‘the best young defender on the planet’ and it seem likely it will cost mega-money to sign him.

Barcelona are favourite to land him come the transfer window, with the Catalan club 8/15 to sign the defender.

Elsewhere, Bayern Munich (6/1) are second favourites to sign the starlet, followed by Juventus (12/1), Liverpool (12/1), Real Madrid (16/1) and Manchester United (20/1).

De Ligt wheels away in celebration after sealing a monumental win for Ajax

However, with punters, its Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side that is being backed to land De Ligt with 72% of all bets placed on United.

David Neres

The Brazilian helped put Juve to the sword over both legs and a Premier League is one very much on the radar.

Bookies believe he is off to Liverpool or Bayern in the summer – both priced at 6/1 favourites.

Everton are a shock 8/1 inclusion on the list, ahead of Chelsea (9/1), Arsenal (10/1), Tottenham (12/1) and West Ham (16/1).

Hakim Ziyech

Okay, he’s not a wonderkid at 26, but some wondered why the Moroccan ace was still at Ajax when the transfer window closed, now it’s even more of a mystery.

Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich are clear favourites to sign the Moroccan playmaker, priced at just 13/8 to secure his signature.

Elsewhere, Roma are second favourites at 6/1, followed by Juventus (8/1), Borussia Dortmund (10/1), PSG (12/1) and Liverpool (14/1).

Ziyech celebrates scoring for Ajax

Donny van de Beek

De Jong may have sealed a switch to Barcelona but van de Beek could be in with a move to the Premier League.

Arsenal (5/1) are second favourites behind PSG (4/1).

Tottenham come next in the market at 6/1, followed by Chelsea (10/1), Manchester United (12/1) and Barcelona (16/1).

Ajax midfield ace Donny van de Beek.

Liverpool transfer news: Roma join Reds in race to sign Ajax star Hakim Ziyech

12 Oct

Roma have joined Liverpool in the race to sign Ajax star Hakim Ziyech, with plans to move for the Morocco ace in January.

Ziyech, the attacking midfielder, put in some strong performances at the World Cup which led to a flurry of clubs taking an interest in him.

Ziyech is regarded as one of the finest players in the Eredivisie

He’s continued to impress for Ajax this season, netting six goals and creating a further five in just 16 appearances, and rumours of a potential January move for Ziyech have started to emerge.

Roma are the latest side said to be looking at the 25-year-old former Twente player, and, according to Calciomercato, they are ready to firm up their interest by making a formal offer ahead of the January window.

Ziyech’s agent, Rene van der Gijp, has recently talked up Liverpool’s interest in his client and a transfer tussle could yet ensue heading into the mid-season window.

Ziyech represented Morocco at the World Cup, catching the eye with some impressive displays

Ziyech could be available for around £30million, and Liverpool will have to consider whether to match Roma’s offer should the Italians submit a bid for the forward.