Arsenal are planning to send scouts to watch Ajax play Real Madrid on Wednesday, with five different players rumoured to be on their radar, according to reports in Italy.
Calciomercato.it claim representatives of Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Manchester United will be in the stands at the Johan Cruijff Arena to watch Ajax take on the current Champions League holders.
According to the report, there are five players on their watchlist, all of whom are Ajax stars. Perhaps that’s unsurprising, given there are plenty of opportunities to watch Real Madrid players test themselves against top European sides, and very few chances to see Ajax prospects doing the same.
Let’s have a look at the five players in question:
- Kasper Dolberg (21) – Centre-forward. After an injury at the start of the 2018/19 campaign, Dolberg has nine goals and four assists in 25 appearances (15 starts) since returning. The young striker is a good finisher and could be one for the future at Arsenal.
- Hakim Ziyech (25) – Winger. Ziyech would be more of an option for the present, as Arsenal’s search for wide players continues. The Morocco international has 14 goals and 12 assists in 30 appearances this season, and he’s a man of many talents. He can create chances, he carries the ball excellently, he’s strong on set pieces and has a mean long-shot, among other things.
- Donny van de Beek (21) – Attacking Midfielder. With Aaron Ramsey leaving and Mesut Özil struggling to get chances under Unai Emery, Arsenal might look to invest in a creative midfielder this summer. Van de Beek certainly fits the bill, as one of Ajax’s emerging creative prospects.
- Noussair Mazraoui (21) – Right-Back. Hector Bellerin’s injury and the increasing probability that Stephan Lichtsteiner will leave at the end of his one-year deal means a right back could become a summer priority. Mazraoui looks very promising, particularly on the ball going forward.
- Matthijs de Ligt (19) – Centre-Back. De Ligt has been linked with Arsenal plenty of times in the past, and with most other English clubs as well. The young defender is considered a big talent and has even been made captain of the team despite his age.
We’ll see how Ajax do, as they’re currently on their worst run of the league campaign, with two defeats and one draw in their last four games. It won’t be an easy task to turn that form around against Real Madrid, but if they do there’ll certainly be a lot of attention on this group of players.