Liverpool Amongst Host of Top Premier League Clubs Targeting £25m Deal for Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech

Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United are all interested in signing Ajax midfielder Hakim Ziyech for a cut-price £25m.

The Moroccan international has enjoyed a splendid season with the Amsterdam giants, collecting 19 goals and 20 assists in all competitions as his team push for a stunning treble. The Dutchman are top of the Eredevisie, have a domestic cup final awaiting them in May and recently qualified for the Champions League semi-finals. Ziyech’s current deal at Johan Cruijff ArenA runs until the summer of 2021, but he is available for the aforementioned bargain fee due to a clause in his contract.


The 26-year-old has caught the eye of a number of elite clubs in Europe after his scintillating form for Ajax. He grabbed the crucial opener in their 4-1 away to ​Real Madrid in March, whilst also playing a pivotal role in the 3-2 aggregate victory over ​Juventus in the​ Champions League on Tuesday.

According to the ​Mirror, the ​Citizens view Ziyech as a potential replacement for Ilkay Gundogan, who is refusing to put pen to paper on a new deal at the Etihad Stadium due to concerns over play-time. 

However, they are not alone in their pursuit of the former FC Twente man. The low requisite sum has also intrigued their Premier League rivals, whilst German giants ​Bayern Munich are thought to be monitoring his situation.

Despite the speculation surrounding him, ​Ziyech has suggested he could remain with the Dutch outfit, stating that he would only leave if the move seemed perfect for him.

Ilkay Gundogan

The playmaker is one of a collection of Ajax stars being linked with big-money transfers following the club’s stellar performances in domestic and European competition this year, with Brazilian David Neres, former ​Southampton star Dusan Tadic and inspirational captain Matthijs de Ligt amongst those rumoured to be heading for the exit door.


Luka Jovic Edges Closer to Real Madrid as Frankfurt Demand Loan of Youngster Pedro Ruiz

​Eintracht Frankfurt will insist young Real Madrid forward Pedro Ruiz joins them on loan as part of a deal that would see in-form striker Luka Jovic join the Spanish giants.

Real are close to securing the signature of the Serbian hitman, who has fired in 25 goals in all competitions this campaign. His departure would leave a sizeable hole in the Eagles’ frontline, with the Germans eyeing Ruiz as an ideal replacement for the talismanic Jovic. The young Spaniard has scored 21 times for the club’s Under-19’s this year and is considered to be one of the brightest prospects in the academy setup.

Luka Jovic

​AS report that Frankfurt are pushing to bring Ruiz in on loan for the upcoming season, though they are also open to a permanent deal that includes a buy-back option for ​Los Blancos, since the latter would be unwilling to let one of their most talented youth products go without a clear avenue for bringing him back to the club.

At over 6’4″, Ruiz is excellent at holding up the ball and bringing teammates into play, whilst also possessing a surprisingly deft touch. Those characteristics make him well suited to the ​Bundesliga and Frankfurt would be a worthy destination.

Adi Hütter’s side are renowned for developing young, talented footballers, providing an environment that encourages them to freely express themselves. Moreover, they have a solid infrastructure and do not come under the intense scrutiny that is regularly placed upon the European elite.

Real Madrid v Sevilla - Copa del Rey: Round of 16 First Leg

With that being the case, the ​Champions League holders would benefit from allowing Ruiz to make a temporary switch, especially if it increases the likelihood of Jovic’s transfer being wrapped up. 

It would not be the first time such a deal has been struck between the ​La Liga club and Frankfurt, with Jesus Vallejo making a similar move for the 2016/17 season. Real were impressed by his progress in Germany, further improving the strong relationship between the sides.


Rafael Benitez Provides Injury Update After Key Duo Limp Off During Southampton Victory

​Rafael Benitez has provided an injury update on Miguel Almiron, while Fabian Schar was also forced to limp off during Newcastle’s 3-1 win over Southampton on Saturday.

The win all but secured the Magpies’ Premier League status for another year thanks to Aoze Perez’s hat-trick, however the game was marred by the loss of two key players at St James’ Park, as new signing Almiron suffered a hamstring strain and Schar also picked up an unknown injury.

Speaking after the match, as quoted by ​ChronicleLive, Benitez confessed that the Paraguayan might not return before the end of the season, cutting short the 25-year-old’s campaign after an impressive start to life in the ​Premier League.

“It is his (Almiron) first injury of this type. He was doing well and the fans love him,” the Spaniard said.

“He was working very hard, and it is not easy for a player who was doing well in another country, at a massive club in front of 52,000 fans, to then get injured and maybe have to be out for the rest of the season.”

The injury sustained to Swiss defender Schar is not yet known, and a prognosis on whether he will return for any of ​Newcastle’s remaining three league matches is yet to be decided.

While Almiron is likely to miss his club’s final fixtures, the injury is not considered to be serious enough and he should be available for his country’s involvement in the Copa America this summer.

Miguel Almiron

Despite failing to score or assist in his ten Premier League matches, Almiron has won the hearts of Magpies’ supporters with some impressive displays in Benitez’s forward line, while Schar has cemented his role in Newcastle’s defence with some commanding showings as well as scoring some fine goals in the north East.


Massimiliano Allegri & Cristiano Ronaldo Respond to Rumours of Summer Exit From Juventus

Massimiliano Allegri has insisted Cristiano Ronaldo is ‘the future of Juventus’ after rumours of a possible exit from the club arose following their Champions League failings.

Despite taking a 1-1 draw away from the first leg in Ajax, the Bianconeri fell to a 2-1 home defeat in the second leg to knock the Serie A side out at the quarter-final stage.

​Ronaldo scored both of ​Juventus‘ goals in the tie, however their disappointing exit resulted in speculation mounting that the Portuguese star would look to leave the club in the summer. However, such discussions were quickly put to bed by Allegri, who confessed their star player is as disappointed as the rest of the team regarding their Champions League exit.

“Ronaldo is the future of Juventus,” he said (via ​Marca).

“He is an extraordinary player who has had a great season and he’ll have a great one next year. He is relaxed, even though he is disappointed like we all are. We’ve exited a competition we thought we could win.”


Juventus wrapped up the ​Serie A title on Saturday with a comeback victory over Fiorentina, and in doing so the Turin club became the first team in Serie A, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 or the Premier League history to win eight consecutive league titles.

Furthermore, in securing the crown, Ronaldo became the first ever player to win the league title in England, Spain and Italy.

Regardless of their domestic success, there was still major disappointment surrounding their exit from Europe’s biggest club competition, having been backed by many as favourites to lift the crown this season. However, it seems as though the player himself has sought to put an end to speculation about an exit, with his focus solely on Juventus.

“For me, there is only Juventus,” Ronaldo is quoted as saying in Tuttosport, as per ​Calcio Mercato.

Despite securing the title, the Old Lady still have five matches left to play in the league, with a trip to face Inter on the cards next Saturday.


Wilfried Zaha at Centre of Transfer Battle Between Tottenham & PSG as Ligue 1 Giants Plot £65m Bid

​Tottenham have joined the race to sign Wilfried Zaha in the summer with PSG ready to splash the cash to sign the wantaway Crystal Palace forward.

The Ivory Coast international has once again expressed his desire to leave Selhurst Park with the 26-year-old desperate to play Champions League football next season.

With ​Zaha’s position now clear, PSG are ready to pay £65m to bring the player to the French capital. But according to the ​Express, however, ​Tottenham are ready to hijack such a bid in an attempt to keep the player in London.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side have been closely monitoring the Ivorian’s progress this season, sending scouts to watch the player on numerous occasions, being impressed with the resulting reports.

Zaha is the highest paid player at ​Palace, earning around £130k per week, with PSG ready to offer Roy Hodgson’s star an increased pay packet to ensure he plays in Ligue 1 next season. Meanwhile, Spurs have been constantly linked to the player in recent windows although do not possess the same spending power as the French side.

In an Eagles side that have struggled in the ​Premier League this season, Zaha has managed eight goals and a further three assists in a disappointing campaign for the club, who currently sit in 14th.

Should Hodgson’s side cash in on their star player in the summer it would free up substantial funds for the club to invest themselves, however they would surely be unwilling to let their second highest scorer this season leave south London.

Wilfried Zaha

Palace are not mathematically safe from relegation yet but are eight points clear of 18th place Cardiff ahead of their trip north of the capital to face Arsenal on Sunday.