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Gunners are said to have pulled out of the race to sign Ajax and Morocco attacker Hakim Ziyech amid the footballer having a bargain price tag on his head. Arsenal were in for the playmaker, who’s available for just €30m.
The report also states that Hakim was willing to seal a move to the London club, however, coach Unai Emery has put a stop to any potential transfer, with the club now ready to turn their attention to other targets.
If anyone saw Morocco international play last season, they would know for sure that paying £26.8m for the attacker of his quality would be seen as a great piece of business by any club.
Ziyech bagged a hugely impressive 21 goals and 24 assists in all tournaments, as he helped the Jews win a domestic double and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League, where they were narrowly knocked out by Tottenham.
Signing a playmaker who got 45 goals and assists in all tournaments last campaign for under £27m would’ve been a bargain for the Gunners. Arsenal could do with reinforcing their midfield options this transfer window given the fact that they’ve just lost Aaron Ramsey to Juventus on a free transfer.
And the 26-year-old attacker could’ve been the man they bring in to strengthen Spain manager’s selection in the middle of the park, however following this report, it looks like any move to London club for the playmaker is out of the question.
Gunners also linked with Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, Gremio winger Everton Soares, Celtic defender Kieran Tierney and Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos.