Premier League clubs put on high alert as Marc Overmars confirms Ajax star Hakim Ziyech will leave
Premier League clubs put on high alert as Marc Overmars confirms Ajax star Hakim Ziyech will leave Advertisement Ziyech (pictured alongside David Neres) has played a key role in Ajax’s domestic double success this season (Picture: Getty)Ziyech has topped the Eredivisie’s assist charts in four of the last five seasons and since establishing himself during the 2013-14 campaign he has supplied 75 assists in total, considerably more than any other player in the division in that time.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal are believed to be operating under a strict budget this summer and Ziyech’s low release clause would certainly suit them, while Manchester United are on the lookout for a winger having been linked with Jadon Sancho and Nicolas Pepe.Liverpool are not expected to be too busy in the transfer market this summer, however, Jurgen Klopp may be tempted to move for Ziyech in order to provide competition for Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah on the flanks.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Metro Sport ReporterFriday 17 May 2019 5:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.3kShares Marc Overmars has confirmed Ziyech will be playing elsewhere next season (Picture: Getty)Addressing Ziyech’s future, Overmars said: ‘He leaves when a top club comes. He is in focus because of his achievements in the Champions League.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Many big clubs are buzzing around him. We promised Hakim [that we would] agree to a good transfer.’Ziyech is also reported to have suitors outside of the Premier League with Bundesliga duo Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund monitoring developments.Despite representing Morocco internationally, Ziyech grew up in the Netherlands and he has spent his entire career to date in the country of his birth, representing Heerenveen, FC Twente and now Ajax. Advertisement Comment Hakim Ziyech is in demand this summer after impressing for Ajax in the Champions League (Picture: Getty)Ajax’s Director of Football Marc Overmars has confirmed that Hakim Ziyech will leave the club this summer with the playmaker reported to have £25m release clause in his contract.The 26-year-old has been one of the standout stars of Ajax’s squad this season, weighing in with 16 goals and 13 assists in the Eredivisie from a wide midfield position.Ziyech also caught the eye during Ajax’s exhilarating run to the Champions League semi-final, scoring three goals and registering three assists overall including one apiece against Spurs in the semi-final.The Morocco international will not be short of offers now that the transfer window has officially opened and already Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have been credited with an interest.ADVERTISEMENT
‘Footquakes’: Messi really does make the Earth tremble
Ask Jordi Diaz, a researcher at the Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera in Barcelona. He’s got the hard proof.“We put a seismometer inside a building in Barcelona,” he explained at a geosciences conference in Vienna, where he presented his findings.“This allowed us to identify signature vibrations produced by different activities, including traffic or subway trains.”Or football matches.By design or not, the instrument — which measures everything from tremors to full-on quakes — was about half a kilometre from Nou Camp stadium, home to the city’s fabled football team.“We get information every time there is a goal,” he told journalists at a press conference.“Well,” he corrected himself, “every time Barcelona makes a goal. People jump, and the stadium shakes.”Exhibit A: a graphic display of the Champions League knockout tie last month versus English team Chelsea that saw Messi score twice in a 3-0 Barca victory.The inky spike provoked by his first goal, after three minutes of play, looked like the lie detector answer when the murderer swears he didn’t do it.The second goal — an hour later when the game was largely won — didn’t provoke the same level of vertical enthusiasm.– Dancing, not jumping –The historic, come-from-behind, 6-1 victory against Paris Saint Germain last year, which put Barcelona into the Champions League quarter finals, looked like a crescendo of earthquakes ending in the Big One.But a football game is not — seismically speaking — the same as a concert.“Sometimes we have beautiful seismic recordings from rock concerts, particularly Bruce Springsteen or U2,” he said.“You see what we call ‘harmonic structures’, energy localised in a precise amplitudes,” he explained.“This is because people are not jumping, they are dancing.”He recalled a Springsteen concert from last year in which “every single song had a particular pattern.”Marathon races, wind bursts, ocean waves — each has its own seismic signature, he said.Why bother?“At first, it was mainly for outreach, to show people how a seismometer works,” he conceded.But then other applications came into focus.The technique, for example, could be an easy, inexpensive way to do long-term survey of traffic or subway activity.And it could be handy as evidence that transport workers have gone on strike, he added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000By design or not, the instrument — which measures everything from tremors to full-on quakes — was about half a kilometre from Nou Camp stadium, home to the city’s fabled football team.VIENNA, Austria, Apr 11- It’s a scientific fact: when living football legends Neymar or Lionel Messi scores a goal, the Earth moves and the ground shakes.Don’t believe it?