Everton should do all they can to trump Liverpool for Hakim Ziyech

Everton and Liverpool are interested in signing Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech this summer, according to Italian news outlet Calcio Mercato.

What’s the story?

The 25-year-old Moroccan enjoyed a stellar campaign in the Dutch league last season, scoring nine and assisting 15 goals in the Eredivisie.

The versatile playmaker averaged 4.2 key passes per game and is comfortable playing in all midfield positions.

Following his successful season, Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool and Everton are believed to be interested in the player valued at £22.5million on Transfermarkt.

Why should he join Everton?

The competition for places in the Liverpool midfield next season looks incredible following the signings of Naby Keita and Fabinho.

On the other hand, Ziyech could become a real focal point of the Everton side which needs a fulcrum with the likely departure of Wayne Rooney.

He is in the mould of Gylfi Sigurdsson, strong with set-pieces and possessing real technical ability, and if the two could learn to complement each other, they would be a force to be reckoned with going forward next season.