Chelsea are eyeing a summer move for Hakim Ziyech, according to reports.
The Ajax midfielder has attracted interest from the Blues after his impressive performances helped Ajax reach last season’s Champions League semi-final.
The Moroccan international scored three goals and provided three assists during the competition, including netting in the eventual last four defeat against Tottenham.
The 26-year-old also stood out in the 4-4 draw against Chelsea in November, which has put him firmly on the radar of Frank Lampard’s side.
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And according to The Telegraph, the Blues had an approach for Ziyech rejected in January, but plan to return with a summer move for the midfielder.
The report also claims Lampard was frustrated that the Blues could not get a deal for the Moroccan over the line over month, but the Chelsea boss is ready to push for a renewed bid at the end of the season, with a reported £150million transfer kitty to spend.
The Blues will likely face fierce competition for his signature, with previous links to the likes of Tottenham, Barcelona and Arsenal.
And it is the Gunners who may have been handed an avenue to securing his services, should they target a move.
In an old video on Twitter, Ziyech took part in a Q&A with former Ajax teammate Justin Kluivert, now at Italian side Roma, where he revealed that it was his ‘dream’ to play for Arsenal.
Asked which club he’d like to play for in the future, he responded: “Well, I have two clubs. They are Arsenal and Barcelona. That is my ultimate dream.”
In the same sequence of questions, Ziyech was also asked who his football idol is and revealed it is none other than Arsenal’s very own Mesut Ozil.
Last season, Ziyech’s performances on the European stage were matched by his domestic achievements as he helped Ajax win the Eredivisie…