Hakim Ziyech to Chelsea: Ajax admission, release clause, Frank Lampard message

Chelsea are continuing in their search for attacking reinforcements.

One transfer rumour which has certainly excited a number of fans is that of links to Ajax star Hakim Ziyech.

The Morocco international was one of the standout players of the Dutch champions’ excellent run to the Champions League semi-final last season, and also impressed against Chelsea in the Champions League earlier this season.

Here’s what has been said so far about the links to Ziyech.

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Overmars’ admission

“Hakim leaves when a good club presents itself,” Overmars told De Telegraaf. “That happens, I think, because he is much more in the spotlight because of his great game in the Champions League than last year.

“Very large clubs are hanging around him.

“By the way, we promised Hakim a nice transfer on his arrival.”

Ziyech’s release clause

Given the speculation that Roma baulked at a €40m price-tag a year ago, many would have expected that figure to have increased by at least €15m following the season he’s had.

However, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

The latest reports from the Netherlands from De Telegraaf (via the Mirror) claim that the asking price for the attacker is in the region of £30m, with the player said to be eyeing a move to the Emirates Stadium.

Hakim Ziyech celebrates scoring his side’s second goal against Spurs
(Image: Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)

Manchester United, Roma aswell as clubs in Germany and Spain are also said to be interested in the talented attacking midfielder and with 16 goals as well as 13 assists last season it’s no shock he’s a wanted man.

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