Manchester United have once again shown interest in Hakim Ziyech, with indications they are keen on a permanent transfer for the defender.
At Ajax, he worked under current Red Devils’ manager Erik ten Hag which may be why United were seemingly interested back when 90 Min reported their potential bid, but it never led to anything more than that – until now!
Hakim Ziyech an option for Manchester United
The possibility of a deal has been floated already this summer. Give Me Sport claimed in July that Ziyech was an option for United, and now with Manchester United stepping back from their pursuit overpriced Ajax winger Antony it makes sense to revisualize the option.
He scored 14 goals and provided 10 assists last season at Chelsea, but is struggling again–this time due largely because he’s pricey ( £35m). Reuniting with Erik ten Hag could be appealing; they’ve both had disappointing seasons so far after big summers where expectations were very high.
Chelsea’s transfer activity has pushed Ziyech further down the queue. The Mail reported he was free to leave last week for £8 million, with AC Milan interested in him as well, but they have drag on without resolution over weeks now.
It seems that French outlet Onze Mondial got their info from United sources who suggested this move would cost more than what’s being currently offered, which could make things difficult, especially if there are other higher bids coming into play soonest.
The Mail reported that Marco van Basten has tipped Ziyech for a possible move to United earlier this summer. He said: “What comes to mind now is him, who already plays in England and could be very good at Manchester United.”
As an option short term, he makes MU stronger with his ability as back-up right-winger next season after Jadon Sancho’s development into one of Europe’s top players previewed by Germyan crops up again before being loaned out somewhere else once more?
Whether Ten Hag pushes a deal through, United sanction it, and Chelsea agree to let him join a competitor, remains to be seen.