Arsenal have reportedly turned down the chance to land Ajax star Hakim Ziyech this summer transfer window.
According to an Arsenal source David Ornstein, the board have decided against bringing the Moroccan playmaker to the Emirates this summer for £30m.
David, talking to Arseblog, quoted by Sport Bible, said: “Arsenal have analysed him and he’s not a player that they will be pursuing as far as I know.
“I think he would welcome the move [to Arsenal]. Ajax would probably sell for around £30m, but that’s not on Arsenal’s agenda.”
Previously, the Gunners would more than likely have jumped at the chance to land a player like Ziyech for just £30m in today’s market.
However, because of the Gunners’ tight transfer budget of £45m, boss Unai Emery looks to have decided against signing the 26-year-old for his side.
Emery desperately needs to strengthen his options across the defence and looks set to prioritise his summer spending on signings at the back.
Hakim would certainly have brought creativity and flair to the Emirates after scoring 19 times and creating 16 assists in all competitions last season.
The Morroco international looks set to depart the Dutch giants ahead of the new campaign, and it could well prove to be a mistake by Arsenal not snapping up his services, however, only time will tell.
Meantime, Arsenal have sent medical staff to Brazil to conduct a medical with Gremio forward Everton Soares, Fox Sports reports.
The Gunners have been strongly connected with the forward this summer after he scored three goals at the recent Copa America tournament.