Adam Maher has spent his entire career with AZ Alkmaar and has garnered significant attention from Premier League clubs. He has already scored 14 goals in his short career, but is destined to score plenty with his raw talent.
The 19-year-old scored on his debut in a Europe League encounter against Bate Borisov, becoming the youngest player to score a goal for a Dutch football club. His fine performances for the Dutch outfit have intensified speculation that the playmaker would move on to bigger things in the summer.
However, Maher signed a new lucrative contract last October, having been convinced by the Board to stay at the club in order to continue his development. But a big-money offer from one of European top clubs would be too hard to resist for Alkmaar, who are expected to sell their star asset for €10 million in the summer.
There has been major interest from Premier League duo Arsenal and Manchester City, and even Chelsea and Spurs have been linked with the midfielder in the past. However, Maher has indicated his desire to remain in Netherlands for at least another two years before pitting his wits against some of Europe’s finest.
He has signaled his attention to play for either PSV or Ajax over Arsenal or City. According to Metro, he said, “I have already said that I do not want to go [to Arsenal]. I want a good stay in the Netherlands, at least another two to three years. Last summer and last winter I indicated I want to go to PSV, but I can also play for Ajax too.”
This was a major blow for Arsenal, who are already reeling from the loss of Diaby to a knee injury for 9 months. They face a tough task to break into the top four this season, and star midfielder Wilshere is out for two weeks. However, they could focus their attention to Isco, who has been linked with a move away from Malaga.
Manchester City, meanwhile, were eyeing Maher as a replacement for Nasri, who is expected to join either Marseille or Monaco in the summer. The Premier League champions have also been linked with a move for either Cavani or Falcao, to replace Balotelli who joined AC Milan in January.