Arsenal’s first summer signing could be star with sublime skills and versatility

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Arsenal have reportedly joined the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United in the race to land Ajax star Hakim Ziyech this summer, according to the Mirror.

The Morocco international has been one of the outstanding performers for the Dutch giants in all competitions with his sublime skills and versatility

The playmaker has played a key role in Ajax’s remarkable run to the Champions League semi-finals, where they will take on Tottenham after defeating the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus.

This season, Ziyech has contributed 17 goals and 14 assists in 36 matches for Erik ten Hag’s side, who are in the hunt for their first European title since 1995 and their first Dutch Eredivisie honour since the 2013-14 campaign.

The 26-year-old helped Ajax bounce Juventus out of the Uefa Champions League after his mis-hit shot turned into an assist for Donny van de Beek’s equaliser in their 2-1 win on Tuesday.

Ziyech’s current contract does not expire until 2021 but the Mirror say he can leave for £25million, a tempting prospect for some of Europe’s elite clubs.

Unai Emery is desperate to bolster his Arsenal squad in the summer after the Gunners’ quiet January transfer window, and Ziyech’s bargain price will appeal the club’s board.

Liverpool will also strengthen Jurgen Klopp’s dressing room, even if he leads the club to the Premier League or Champions League title.

Manchester United, meanwhile, are expected to enjoy a busy summer with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side faltering after a bright start to the Norway legend’s reign.

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