Tottenham and Arsenal are set to battle it out for Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech within this January transfer window. The 26-year-old had a stellar season last year after he was decisive in Ajax attaining the past four of the UEFA Champions League. The midfielder has continued his form this season, with his performance away to Chelsea a highlight. The Moroccan international has played 30 games for the Eredivisie Champions and has scored 8 goals with 16 assists as well. As a boost for the hopes of Tottenham, the participant was told he could leave when his transfer value is fulfilled. Ajax have put a cost of £43 million on the participant, a substantial gain on the £10 million they compensated to FC Twente to procure his services in 2016. Together with Arsenal, Spurs should proceed fast to secure the participant’s services. Spurs’ capacity to supply Champions League football this year must give them an edge in securing Ziyech as compared to the Gunners.
Ziyech is a versatile midfielder who can play both centrally or off the right flank. This ought to include into a Spurs midfield which has been overly static this season. Together with Ziyech’s contract running until 2022, Ajax are under no pressure to sell and it’s up to Spurs to provide acceptable terms. The midfielder is keen on a transfer after having seen the likes of Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong be sold in the summertime respectively to Barcelona and Juventus. Giovani Lo Celso, one of Spurs’ summer recruits who has played in positions Ziyech could take up, has played 19 games and has scored two goals. Thus Spurs do need reinforcements in that area, especially with the future of Christian Eriksen still unresolved, and Ziyech would be a very good signing for the north London side.