Hakim Ziyech wants Arsenal transfer but Unai Emery not interested in Ajax star

Hakim Ziyech has been linked with a move to Arsenal after starring for Ajax last season (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal will not pursue a move for Ajax star Hakim Ziyech after the club carried out a detailed analysis of the player and will focus on alternative targets.

The Morocco international played a pivotal role in the Dutch side’s success last season as an exciting young side came within seconds of reaching the Champions League final after landmark wins over Real Madrid and Juventus.

Ziyech scored 19 times and registered 16 assists in all competitions and would offer the creativity and versatility Unai Emery appears to be seeking to bolster a midfield and forward line which will not be able to call upon the services of Aaron Ramsey this season following his move to Juventus.

According to David Ornstein, via the Arseblog podcast, however, Emery is not interested in the 26-year-old, who reportedly has a £25million release clause in his contract, and will pursue alternative targets.

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Arsenal’s hopes of signing Wilfried Zaha appear remote after seeing an opening £40m bid rejected (Picture: Getty)

Ziyech is said to be keen on a move to Arsenal and when asked which club he would like to join back in 2017, he told Ajax TV: ‘Well, I have two clubs. They are Arsenal and Barcelona. That is my ultimate dream.’

When asked if he has a footballing idol, Ziyech replied: ‘Yes, I actually do have one. [Mesut] Ozil.’

Arsenal have already seen a £40million bid for dismissed out of hand by Crystal Palace for Wilfried Zaha with the Eagles also indicating they have no interest in an exchange deal that could involve the likes of Carl Jenkinson, Calum Chambers and Mohamed Elneny.

Unsettled Barcelona star Malcom is understood to be an alternative target but the Spanish giants are hoping to recoup the £36,500,000 they paid to sign him from Bordeaux last summer, whcih could represent a significant obstacle for cash-strapped Arsenal.

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