Rabat - Moroccan attacking midfielder Hakim Ziyech has reportedly reached an agreement with Italian giant AS Roma on a five-year contract.
Rabat – Moroccan attacking midfielder Hakim Ziyech has reportedly reached an agreement with Italian giant AS Roma on a five-year contract.
The player, who is expected to take part in Morocco’s last 2018 World Cup game, will leave his Dutch team Ajax for AS Roma this summer.
Dutch-based sports outlet Telegraaf reported that the player’s agent and AS Roma were regularly negotiating his move as they are expected to finalize the agreement in less than a week.
Roma has reportedly offered Ajax EUR 30 million for the youngster, but sports outlets reported that the Dutch-based football team seeks a larger offer to let one of its favorite footballers leave and join the ranks of the Italian league.
If Ziyech accepts to sign with AS Roma, he will be the second Ajax player to join the Italian giant after Justin Kluivert, who will join them this summer. Kluivert signed with AS Roma for EUR 20 million.
Leaving Ajax anyways?
Several European football clubs have been chomping on the bit to recruit Ziyech, offering the Dutch football club millions of Euros to secure a contract with the talented Moroccan midfielder.
Besides AS Roma, Inter Milan, Liverpool, and Tottenham also expressed interest in signing the footballer at the end of season.
The footballer’s contract with Ajax will come to an end in 2022.
Spanish football team Atletico Madrid also offered a deal to Ajax for the Mercato summer transfer window.
In April 2018, Ajax named Ziyech player of the year after he led his Dutch team to a major win over AZ Alkmaar (3-0). The award recognized Ziyech’s excellent performance with the Dutch team during this season.
Born in the Netherlands to Moroccan parents, Ziyech chose to represent Morocco internationally. On October 2015, the player made his debut for Morocco in a friendly with Côte d’Ivoire, which ended with a 0-1 victory for Côte d’Ivoire.
In 2014, Ziyech left Heerenveen for FC Twente, with whom he signed a four year contract. The footballer then signed with Ajax in 2016.
Ziyech also played for Netherlands Under 19, Under 20 and Under 21 teams between 2012 and 2014.