Arsenal amazingly snub £30m deal for Ajax star, claims respected source

Arsenal have turned down the chance to sign Hakim Ziyech from Ajax for only £30million, claims a respected journalist.

Ziyech had a brilliant season with Ajax helping the Dutch champions to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

The 26-year-old, who is under contract until 2021, hit 21 goals and grabbed 24 assists  and has attracted the interest of numerous clubs

Premier League quartet Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton and Leicester have all been linked with the player, while there have also been links with a move to Roma, as well as Germany and Spain.

Ajax’s director of football Marc Overmars confirmed recently that Ziyech will be sold this summer, and speculation has claimed that it would take a fee of just €35m to bring the Dutch side to the negotiating table.

Speaking to Arsenal blog Arseblog BBC reporter David Ornstein has said that the Premier League side have amazingly rejected a move for the Moroccan winger.

“Arsenal have analysed him and he’s not a player that they will be pursuing as far as I know,” he said.

“I think he would welcome the move [to Arsenal]. Ajax would probably sell for around £30m, but that’s not on Arsenal’s agenda.

“I’ve seen Malcom linked. I don’t know about the current links but certainly that was a transfer they had pursued in the past as we know and that was a Sanllehi-led transfer, so it wouldn’t be a great shock if they went back down that route.

“In terms of a central midfielder, lots of names linked and Lemina most recently, that seems to be one being driven more by the player and his camp.

“I don’t know about it so I can’t add to them [reports]. Is anything imminent? Other than potentially Saliba? No.”

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