Inter join Manchester United and host of top clubs in the race to sign Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech

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Hakim Ziyech

Hakim Ziyech’s impressive performances in the Champions League is bearing fruit, with the list of interested buyers growing by the day.

Mirror reported earlier this week that top clubs from England are watching the 26-year-old, with Bayern Munich following closely.

It is believed that Manchester City see him as a replacement for Ilkay Gundogan, who is yet to sign a contract extension. Rivals Manchester United, Arsenal are said to be hot on their trails, too.

The Morocco international could be available for a bargain price of €35-€40 million in the summer and his displays against Real Madrid and Juventus are evidence that this would be a great price.

France Football reported that Inter too have joined the race for the versatile forward. Ziyech was on the verge of signing for Roma, but the Italian club opted for Javier Pastore. Ziyech could still force his way into the Serie A if he chooses to sign for Inter.

Reports suggest that Barcelona also have an eye on the Ajax star, but it’s unlikely that the Catalan giants will push for Ziyech, given important business lies elsewhere in the side.

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard on the brink of completing Real Madrid move

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Reports suggest that Chelsea star Eden Hazard’s move to Real Madrid will be made official in the next few days. He will be joining Rodrygo and Eder Militao as the first few arrivals at Madrid in the summer.

The transfer fee is believed to be close to €100 million according to Marca.

Chelsea halved their asking value from last year mainly due to the improvement in the relationship between the two clubs thanks to Mateo Kovacic’s transfer and the fact that Hazard is on the final year of his contract.

The winger has always spoken in admiration of Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane and never shied away from admitting his desire to play under him.

The Frenchman too has always been a huge admirer of Hazard. In fact, he even urged Madrid president Florentino Perez to sign the Belgian during his time at Lille.

While Perez decided against it at that point of time, a marquee signing is the need of the hour now, with Madrid suffering one of their worst seasons in recent times.

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Kalidou Koulibaly brushes aside Man United speculation after Napoli crash out of Europa League

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Kalidou Koulibaly.

Napoli’s Europa League exit following Thursday’s 1-0 loss to Arsenal brought renewed questions over the future of star centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, but the player refused to discuss a potential summer move in the aftermath of the game.

Despite trailing 2-0 from the first leg, Napoli must have harboured hopes of pulling off a comeback at home, where they have beaten Liverpool and drawn with Paris Saint-Germain this season.

Arsenal’s poor away from was another reason for the hosts to fancy their chances of overturning the deficit and qualifying for the semi-finals, but instead they fell to a stunning Alexandre Lacazette free-kick and some wasteful play from their own attack to suffer European disappointment yet again.

This was the eighth straight season Napoli had been in European football, a run that began with them making their first-ever Champions League appearance in 2011, yet in that eight-season spell this was only the second time they had even reached the quarter-finals of either of Europe’s competitions, having made the Europa League semi-finals in 2015.

The Partenopei’s inability to get over the hump either in Europe or domestically, where they are set to finish second behind Juventus for a third consecutive season and for the fourth time in five years, has led to predictions that they could lose some of their star players.

In the aftermath of the loss, however, Koulibaly rejected suggestions that he could be done with Napoli or the Serie A, having moved to Italy in 2014 to join the Naples club from Belgian side Genk.

“Why? I grew up in this league. It’s the league that made me the player I am today,” Koulibaly said to reporters after the game.

The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to Manchester United, among others, and Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti was forced to declare the defender “non-transferable” in the build-up to Thursday’s game – though he also seemingly named a price for United and other suitors to meet, adding that Koulibaly was worth €150million.

For his part, however, the Senegal international brushed aside any questions over his future.

“To me what matters most is to finish the season well, then we’ll see,” Koulibaly insisted.

“I am sorry because we wanted to go through.”

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