Ajax blocked Hakim Ziyech January transfer – but Chelsea could sign star this week

Chelsea have been backed to sign Ajax star Hakim Ziyech this week after news emerged that the two clubs are in advanced talks over the transfer.

Ziyech was one of Chelsea boss Frank Lampard’s top targets in January but Ajax refused to sell and insisted on keeping the winger until the summer.

Chelsea kept working on the deal after the window closed and Solhekol is confident that an announcement will be made soon ahead of him joining the Stamford Bridge club at the end of the season.

“I’m going to stick my neck out and say I think Chelsea will sign him in the next few days,” Solhekol said.

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“It is almost certain he is going to become a Chelsea player.

“Talks are at an advanced stage but I think Ajax are willing to sell him to Chelsea.

“The player himself wants to sign for Chelsea so I think the deal is almost done.

“Now, what is interesting is that he was one of Frank Lampard’s top targets in the January transfer window.

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“Chelsea worked really, really hard to try and sign him last month but unfortunately Ajax wanted to keep him until the summer.

“They are a selling club we know but generally they like selling players in the summer.

“They’re top of the Dutch first division at the moment, they’re still in the Dutch cup, they’re in the Europa League.

“So they said to Chelsea last month ‘Look, we are prepared to do a deal but not until the summer’.

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“Chelsea have been working on the deal since the window closed 12 days ago and I think now they are very, very confident that they have got their man.

“So really, really good news for Chelsea supporters.”

Ziyech will compete with the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic if he does indeed join Chelsea.

The Blues have…