The 26-year-old has previously admitted it would be a ‘dream’ to play for the Gunners
Arsenal are in pole position to beat Manchester United to the signing of Hakim Ziyech this summer, with the winger set to leave Ajax for just £25million.
The Morocco international has previously insisted it is his ‘dream’ to play for the Gunners and quotes Mesut Ozil as his hero.
Ziyech enjoyed a fantastic season in Amsterdam – helping Erik ten Hag’s side lift the Eredivisie trophy and the KNVB Cup.
And, on a personal level, the 26-year-old claimed the club’s Player of the Year award thanks largely to his 21 goals and 24 assists in 49 games.
Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars recently revealed Ziyech – 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 it appears as though a move to north London could well be on the cards, especially if his comments from 2017 are anything to go by.
When asked by former 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.”
Signing Ziyech could be seen as a shrewd piece of business considering alternative target Wilfried Zaha could cost an extortionate sum.
The Gunners would reportedly consider a £40million bid for the Ivory Coast international, but current club Crystal Palace are holding out for £80million.