Spanish champions Barcelona have ended their interest in highly rated Ajax Amsterdam defender Matthijs De Ligt this summer according to the latest reports emanating from the media in Spain.
According to trusted Spanish news outlet Marca, Barcelona pulled out of a deal for De Ligt because the teenager was demanding for too much money.
Matthijs De Ligt was said to have demanded €12m per annum in salary in addition to a transfer fee between €70m to €75m.
Barcelona have decided to move on to other targets like Antoine Griezmann and Neymar.
According to the Spanish La Liga giants, the transfer fee initially earmarked for Matthijs De Ligt can be spent on the transfer of either Griezmann or Neymar who’s keen to return to the Nou Camp after two years with French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG).
Juventus and PSG are now the top two favourites for Matthijs De Ligt though the strain in the relationship between PSG officials and the player’s agent Mino Raiola has swung the battle in favour of the Italian Serie A giants.
The Italians are expected to announce his signing in the coming days after a £62m (€70m) agreement was reached between Ajax Amsterdam and Juventus who have won the last eight league titles in a row in the top flight of Italian football.
Why Hakim Ziyech Would Be A Good Signing For Chelsea
Chelsea were boosted by the news of a new signing last week following the agreement with Dutch club Ajax Amsterdam over the transfer of Hakim Ziyech.
The player won’t join Chelsea from Ajax Amsterdam until this summer.
Chelsea will pay £38m for his transfer from the Dutch champions and he could be the man to replace Willian on the right side of the attack.
Brazilian winger Willian has less than six months on his Chelsea deal meaning that his contract will expire in the summer. He would be a free agent by then amidst the interest from the likes of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in the Spanish La Liga.
Chelsea have struggled in the past weeks and that has put their quest to qualify for Europe’s premier club competition, UEFA Champions League, in serious doubt.
The Blues are in fourth position on the Premier League table and they have one more point than Tottenham Hotspur in fifth place though they have played one more game than their London rivals.
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Their game in hand is the home clash with Manchester United on Monday night.
Chelsea have struggled against bottom-half teams in the Premier League this season and Hakim Ziyech could be the player to solve that problem for manager Frank Lampard when he joins them as from the start of next season.
Moroccan international Hakim Ziyech would improve the Chelsea team in the following ways:
Chelsea have struggled a bit without the star quality of Eden Hazard and Hakim Ziyech could be the man to fill the void left by the Belgian international.
2. Goals and Assists
First choice striker Tammy Abraham has been the only source of goals at Chelsea this season. Hakim Ziyech scores goals and assists. He has scored 22 goals and provided 25 assists in the last 48 league games for Ajax Amsterdam.
Chelsea In Talks Over Second Transfer After Ziyech Deal
Chelsea fans were left excited by the prospect of Hakim Ziyech in their team after the Blues agreed on a deal to sign the Ajax Amsterdam playmaker this summer.
The Moroccan attacker will join Chelsea in the summer after Ajax Amsterdam agreed a £38m transfer with the Blues.
Hakim Ziyech has been a key player for Ajax Amsterdam in the past years especially last season when the Dutch giants won the league title and the cup in addition to reaching the Champions League semi-finals.
According to the Daily Express, Chelsea are keen to wrap up a second transfer after the Hakim Ziyech deal.
It was revealed that the Blues are after one of their former players in Jeremie Boga who plays his club football with Italian Serie A side Sassuolo.
Boga left Chelsea for Sassuolo in the summer of 2018 in a £3.5m deal and the Blues have the first refusal on a future transfer.
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He has been in top form for Sassuolo in the Italian top flight.
The ex-Chelsea winger has scored seven goals and also added two assists for Sassuolo in the league this season.
In addition, Boga has made 32 more dribbles than any other player in the Italian top flight.
Chelsea are not the only club on the trail of the aforementioned Boga with the likes of Inter Milan, Barcelona, Everton and Napoli interested in him.
The Blues have a lot of wingers on their books and Boga might need to be convinced about a move back to Stamford Bridge especially after he saw little playing time during his time in West London.
Chelsea wingers Pedro Rodriguez and Willian might leave the club this summer after the expiration of their respective contracts.
Jeremie Boga could be the man to replace the aforementioned Blues wingers when they leave the club this summer.
Chelsea Closing In On €45m Summer Signing
Chelsea fans have something to cheer on the transfer front after the club reached an agreement with Dutch Eredivisie champions Ajax Amsterdam over the transfer of star player Hakim Ziyech.
According to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Chelsea and Ajax have reached an agreement for the Moroccan international to join the West London giants in the summer in a €45m (£38m) deal.
Chelsea are yet to agree on personal terms with the player who can play as a winger or striker but that’s not expected to be a problem.
The Blues have been crying out for a quality attacker since the departure of Eden Hazard last summer and Hakim Ziyech could be the man to replace the Belgian international at Stamford Bridge.
After seven successful years at Chelsea, Eden Hazard left the club to join Real Madrid last summer and it has not been a rosy start for him with the Spanish capital outfit mainly due to injuries.
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He has been restricted to just one goal and four assists since he pitched his tent with Real Madrid.
During his time at Chelsea, Eden Hazard won two Premier League titles and two Europa League titles.
Hakim Ziyech has a lot of work to do to reach his level at Chelsea but the Moroccan attacker has the quality to meet this challenge.
He was a key player for Ajax Amsterdam as they stunned the continent of Europe last season via the Champions League.
Ziyech and his Ajax Amsterdam teammates reached the Champions League semifinals against all expectations before they were stopped by Tottenham Hotspur.
Ajax eliminated big clubs like Real Madrid and Juventus enroute their semifinal achievement in the competition in the last campaign.
Hakim Ziyech and Ajax Amsterdam finished last season with two trophies namely the Dutch Eredivisie title and the Dutch Cup.
Donny Van Der Beek Stance On Manchester United Revealed
Ajax Amsterdam star Donny Van Der Beek won’t be joining Manchester United after he agreed on a deal to join Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid according to the Daily Star.
The Dutch international is expected to join Real Madrid in a £47m deal later this year as he’s seen as the long-term replacement for Luka Modric at the Estadio Santiago Bernebeu.
Donny Van Der Beek has been a long-term transfer target for Manchester United dating back to last season when the young Dutchman was painting European football with goals.
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He was part of the Ajax Amsterdam team that won the Dutch league title in the first division last season plus the Dutch Cup after the final win over Willem II.
Manchester United want to strengthen their midfield and Donny Van Der Beek won’t be the man as he’s Real Madrid-bound this summer.
The Red Devils are having serious difficulties in signing players in this January transfer window and that has infuriated the Manchester United Faithfuls.
Manchester United were thought to be close to signing Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes but that is likely far from the current position with the two clubs deadlocked in talks over the goals coring Portuguese international player.
Manchester United Target To Consider England Transfer
Manchester United have received heartwarming news on the transfer front following the news that one of their midfield transfer targets will consider a summer transfer.
Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Donny Van Der Beek has emerged as a top target for Manchester United in recent days turned weeks.
According to Sky Sports, Donny Van Der Beek wants to stay at Ajax Amsterdam for the remainder of this season amidst the interest from both European giants Real Madrid and Manchester United.
It was revealed that the Dutch international will consider a move away from Dutch Eredivisie champions Ajax Amsterdam this summer.
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By this summer, the player will have two years left on his present Ajax Amsterdam deal which expires in two years’ time.
Donny Van Der Beek was linked with the duo of Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid last year on the back of a stellar campaign for Ajax Amsterdam.
He scored 17 goals plus 13 assists for Ajax Amsterdam who ended the season with two trophies.
Van Der Beek and Ajax Amsterdam won the league and cup double last season and the player was a big part of the triumph.
He also helped Ajax reach the Champions League semifinals against all expectations from home and abroad.
Man United Fans React To Transfer Of This Midfielder To Old Trafford
Manchester United fans have reacted positively to the news that the club is interested in signing goalscoring midfielder Donny Van Der Beek who plays for Dutch Eredivise giants Ajax Amsterdam.
According to ESPN, Manchester United want to sign Donny Van Der Beek who has scored eight goals and also provided six assists for Ajax Amsterdam in all competitions.
Donny Van Der Beek was a key member of the Ajax Amsterdam team that shocked the whole of European football last season as they reached the semifinals of the Champions League before they were eliminated by Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur.
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He was strongly linked with Spanish giants Real Madrid last summer but nothing came out of the numerous transfer links.
Real Madrid are unlikely to pursue a move for him this month especially with the form of Federico Valverde who has been an important player for the Los Merengues this season.
The Uruguayan international has formed a potent midfield partnership with the duo of Casemiro and German international Toni Kroos in the Real Madrid midfield this season and that has led the immediate past European champions to joint top in the Spanish La Liga this term in addition to facing Manchester City in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Ajax Stance On Selling Hakim Ziyech To Arsenal Revealed
Dutch Eredivisie giants Ajax Amsterdam are willing to let one of their best players leave this month as long as their asking price for him is fulfilled.
Hakim Ziyech is a Moroccan international and also one of the best Ajax Amsterdam players attracting the interest of clubs in the Premier League including Arsenal.
According to CalcioMercato, Ajax Amsterdam are demanding €50m (£43m) for Hakim Ziyech who is also a person of transfer interest for North London side Tottenham Hotspur.
Hakim Ziyech joined Ajax Amsterdam from fellow Dutch top flight side FC Utrecht in a £10m deal in 2016 and has become an important player for the ex-European champions.
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He was a top performer for the Ajax Amsterdam side that reached the Champions League semifinals last season and scored three goals plus three assists in eleven games in the competition.
Ziyech scored 16 goals and 17 assists in 29 league matches for Ajax who emerged as champions plus winning the Dutch Cup.
He has already scored six goals in 17 league games.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has talked about the possibility of strengthening his team in the current transfer market and his focus is likely to be defensive minded especially after the long-term injury to Calum Chambers.
Key Reasons Why Manchester United Should Sign This Superstar Revealed
Ajax Amsterdam star Hakim Ziyech has been a consistent performer for the Dutch champions since joining them three years ago and he could be a very good option for Manchester United who have been inconsistent in the Premier League this season.
According to the publication from madaboutepl, there are three major reasons for Manchester United to take the gamble on Moroccan international Hakim Ziyech by splashing the cash on him.
The first one is that the player is an assist king as demonstrated by him during his time in Dutch football with Ajax Amsterdam.
He has scored 48 goals and provided a whopping 82 assists in 158 games for Ajax Amsterdam in all competitions since joining them in 2016.
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In addition, he has five goals and eight assists in 17 Champions League games.
Hakim Ziyech has 21 assists in just 28 games this season.
The Moroccan international is also very effective against teams that defend deep which is the second reason why Manchester United need to sign him as he can provided the creativity needed to outwit the smaller Premier League teams.
Manchester United have been very good against the big teams this season but the same thing can’t be said against the smaller teams.
The third and final reason is that Hakim Ziyech can play in a lot of attacking positions.