Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United are all interested in signing Ajax midfielder Hakim Ziyech for a cut-price £25m.

The Moroccan international has enjoyed a splendid season with the Amsterdam giants, collecting 19 goals and 20 assists in all competitions as his team push for a stunning treble. The Dutchman are top of the Eredevisie, have a domestic cup final awaiting them in May and recently qualified for the Champions League semi-finals. Ziyech’s current deal at Johan Cruijff ArenA runs until the summer of 2021, but he is available for the aforementioned bargain fee due to a clause in his contract.

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The 26-year-old has caught the eye of a number of elite clubs in Europe after his scintillating form for Ajax. He grabbed the crucial opener in their 4-1 away to ​Real Madrid in March, whilst also playing a pivotal role in the 3-2 aggregate victory over ​Juventus in the​ Champions League on Tuesday.

According to the ​Mirror, the ​Citizens view Ziyech as a potential replacement for Ilkay Gundogan, who is refusing to put pen to paper on a new deal at the Etihad Stadium due to concerns over play-time. 

However, they are not alone in their pursuit of the former FC Twente man. The low requisite sum has also intrigued their Premier League rivals, whilst German giants ​Bayern Munich are thought to be monitoring his situation.

Despite the speculation surrounding him, ​Ziyech has suggested he could remain with the Dutch outfit, stating that he would only leave if the move seemed perfect for him.

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The playmaker is one of a collection of Ajax stars being linked with big-money transfers following the club’s stellar performances in domestic and European competition this year, with Brazilian David Neres, former ​Southampton star Dusan Tadic and inspirational captain Matthijs de Ligt amongst those rumoured to be heading for the exit door.

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