ARSENAL could pip Manchester United to the signing of Hakim Ziyech after the Ajax star previously revealed it is his dream to play for the Gunners.
The 26-year-old enjoyed a fantastic season with the Dutch club – helping Erik ten Hag's side to win the Eredivisie title and the KNVB Cup.
While he also won the club's Player of the Year award for the second consecutive campaign after chipping in with 21 goals and 24 assists in 49 games.
Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars recently declared that the Moroccan international – who has a release clause of £25million – is free to leave in the summer.
The ex-Arsenal winger said: "He leaves when a top club comes. He is in focus because of his achievements in the Champions League.
"Many big clubs are buzzing around him. We promised Hakim [that we would] agree to a good transfer."
And judging by comments made from Ziyech in 2017, the player is keen on a switch to link up with the North Londoners – who are desperate to secure his services.
When asked by then team-mate Justin Kluivert who would he like to play for, Ziyech told Ajax TV: "Well, I have two clubs.
"They are Arsenal and Barcelona. That is my ultimate dream."
And speaking on whether he has a footballing idol, he said: "Yes, I actually do have one. [Mesut] Ozil."
When Kluivert joked if he is better than him, Ziyech replied: "No, I’m not even close to Ozil’s level."
Bayern Munich are also believed to be in the hunt to snare Ziyech away from Holland as they look to replace ageing duo Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.
While Arsenal are understood to be lining up a £40million offer for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, though the Eagles are holding out for £80m.
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