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