Leicester look as though they’ll face competition from German giants Bayern Munich if they want to secure the services of creative midfielder Hakim Ziyech from Ajax.
The Moroccan has been one of Ajax’s stand out men in their incredible run to the Champions League semi-finals and is likely to be one of many of their players to be touted this summer.
However, with the player rated at £31.5m as per Transfermarkt, should Brendan Rodgers cough up the necessary funds it’ll take to bring the player to the King Power? Football FanCast writers give their verdicts.
“Hakim Ziyech would be absolutely perfect for Leicester. In fact, he’d probably waltz into any team in the Premier League top six. If Brendan Rodgers can complete a deal, and also sign Youri Tielemans, Leicester might well have one of the best midfields in the Premier League. £30million for Ziyech is a snip. But expect that price to rise if Ajax manage to complete perhaps the unlikeliest Champions League triumph in modern history.”
“Leicester absolutely should splash the cash for Hakim Ziyech. If there was ever a player who could replace the mercurial talents of Riyad Mahrez, something that Rachid Ghezzal has struggled to do, then it is Ziyech. In the modern market, anything between £30m-£40m for the Moroccan international can be considered a bargain.”
“Leicester should forget a move for Ziyech and focus instead on wrapping up a permanent deal for Youri Tielemans. There is no telling how Ziyech will adjust to English football, and Eredivisie signings do have recent history of flopping in superior leagues (looking at you Vincent Janssen). The Moroccan is talented, but he is not an out-and-out winger and not defensively shrewd enough to play in a Premier League midfield – a flop waiting to happen if ever there was one. Tielemans on the other hand already looks a ready-made star and is loving life at the King Power.”
“On paper, Ziyech would be an absolutely superb signing but there is simply no guaranteeing that he’ll hit the same levels he has this season again. This could very much be a one-off for the Moroccan but with the player approaching his peak, spending so much could be a gamble worth taking. However, if Leicester wanted to play things safe they’d be better off putting all their efforts into making Tielemans’ loan deal a permanent stay when it ends.”