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Hakim Ziyech’s transfer hint which gives Arsenal hope of sealing £43m deal ahead of Tottenham


Hakim Ziyech’s transfer hint which gives Arsenal hope of sealing £43m deal ahead of Tottenham

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The Ajax playmaker has been linked with a move to Arsenal and Tottenham in the January transfer window, with the Dutch champions reportedly ready to cash in on the talented star.

Hakim Ziyech has been told he can leave Ajax this month, according to reports.

The playmaker has repeatedly been linked with a move to the Premier League after his impressive performances helped Ajax reach last season’s Champions League semi-final.

The Moroccan international scored three goals and provided three assists during the competition, including netting in the eventual last four defeat against Tottenham.

The 26-year-old also stood out in the 4-4 draw against Chelsea in November, which has put him firmly on the radar of clubs across Europe – including Arsenal and Spurs.

And according to Italian outlet CalcioMercato, Ziyech has been told he can leave the Amsterdam club in the current transfer window, but only if his asking price is met.

The report claims Ajax have slapped a £43 million price tag on the midfielder, which has alerted Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta.

But despite the likely fierce competition for his signature, the Gunners may have been handed an avenue to securing his services.

In an old video on Twitter, Ziyech took part in a Q&A with former Ajax teammate Justin Kluivert, now at Italian side Roma, where he revealed that it was his ‘dream’ to play for Arsenal.

Asked which club he’d like to play for in the future, he responded: “Well, I have two clubs. They are Arsenal and Barcelona. That is my ultimate dream.”

In the same sequence of questions, Ziyech was also asked who his football idol is and revealed it is none other than Arsenal’s very own Mesut Ozil.

Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick responds after Arsenal launch Jerome Boateng transfer move

Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick insists he ‘cannot imagine’ Jerome Boateng leaving the club despite Arsenal plotting a January move for the defender.

New Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is keen to sign a centre-back this month after Calum Chambers was ruled out of the rest of the 2019-20 campaign through injury.

The Gunners have reportedly opened talks with Bayern over a January deal for Boateng, who has won seven Bundesliga titles and the Champions League during his nine-year spell in Munich.

Responding to Arsenal’s interest in Boateng, Bayern boss Flick said: ‘Jerome is a Bayern player. He has trained well during the winter break.

‘I can’t wait to see what the next few weeks will be like. I’m not worrying if he’ll leave the club or not. I can’t imagine that at the moment.’

Boateng has developed into a Bayern Munich legend since joining the club from Premier League giants Manchester City almost a decade ago.