FC Bayern after Ziyech – Withdrawal from Ajax teammate de Ligt

Squad planning 2019/20 

Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt (19) is said to have played a major role in Bayern Munich’s plans for the future. The club was even willing to offer a higher salary than their main rival’s FC Barcelona. However, as the Barcelona-based “Sport” newspaper reports: Bayern have scaled back their efforts for de Ligt, and has now stepped up courtship of another Ajax professional, Hakim Ziyech (Photo).

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Hakim Ziyech

H. Ziyech



Right Winger

Back in mid-March, the “Marca” reported that the Bundesliga club was watching the 26-year-old winger, and was also thought to have made contact with the player. Most recently, it became apparent that FC Bayern must exercise patience when trying to sign other desired wingers, Callum Hudson-Odoi (18) and Nicolas Pépé (22). Chelsea’s coach Maurizio Sarri ruled out Hudson-Odoi leaving the Blues in the summer: “I can’t say if he will sign a new contract but he will stay here with us in any case.” In addition, Lille’s President Gérard Lopez blocked negotiations for a transfer of Pépé: “We chose not to have conversations – be it with clubs or advisers. By mid-May, calm will prevail.”

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Ziyech has collected 27 scorer points in 23 League games – third most in the Eredivisie. The Moroccan international’s contract runs until 2021. “The Bundesliga? I don’t know, it comes down to the club,” said Ziyech on the Dutch program “Bij Andy in de auto!” about a move to Germany. At the time, Borussia Dortmund are said to have also sought out the attacker.

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Frenkie de Jong

F. de Jong



Defensive Midfield

The Bavarian’s withdrawal from courtship of de Ligt could now finally clear the way for Barça to transfer the Dutch international. As early as early March, the Catalans reportedly made an official offer to the defender and his club – the reported fees were slightly lower than the € 75m Barça transferred to Ajax for Frenkie de Jong (21). The aim is to get the deal done before the semi-final matches in the Champions League (April 30/1). FC Bayern, meanwhile, already signed two defensive reinforcements for the upcoming season, and will pay a total of 115 million euros for World Cup Champion duo Benjamin Pavard (23) and Lucas Hernández.



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