Ajax have succeeded in doing what few European giants excel at these days. While the likes of Porto and Sporting did show a knack for developing young talents and then selling them for big amounts, they rarely held on to those starlets and attained success through them.
However, the Dutch giants are doing precisely that with a squad of players that have a tremendous amount of football left to experience in their young careers.
The team nearly made it to the finals of UEFA Champions League and would have been favorites to win it if they had, only for a spirited Tottenham Hotspur to cut short their ambition.
However, with young brilliance comes the danger of prying European giants and Ajax will assuredly lose one more key player of theirs in addition to Frenkie de Jong.
The club’s sporting director Marc Overmars has confirmed that Hakim Ziyech will depart the club in the upcoming transfer window. A release clause in his contract will mean that whoever desires the Moroccan star will only have to pay £25 million.
Overmars stated the following regarding the forward: “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.”
The 26-year-old who was also named Ajax’s player of the year after a spirited campaign that saw him net 21 goals and notch 24 assists is highly wanted across Europe.
Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund, and Bayern Munich are some of the high-profile names eager to acquire him.
The German clubs are particularly interested in him as their roster is set to lose out on key players and Bayern Munich, in particular, are understood to have made first contact.