Chelsea strike ‘verbal agreement’ for Hakim Ziyech transfer after Frank Lampard request

Chelsea have reached a verbal agreement with Ajax over the £38m signing of Hakim Ziyech, according to reports in the Netherlands.

Frank Lampard was left frustrated after missing out on a number of attacking targets in the January transfer window, insisting their failure to strengthen means they are now underdogs in the race for top four.

Nevertheless, plans are reportedly underway for the summer window, where Lampard will be handed a transfer warchest to revamp his Blues squad.

And according to De Telegraaf, Ziyech is headed for Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

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The Dutch outlet report that Chelsea have struck a verbal agreement with Ajax to sign the midfielder for a fee in the region of €45m [£38m] this summer.

Lampard was keen to bring Ziyech to west London in the winter window, yet Ajax were not prepared to let him leave in the middle of the season.

Frank Lampard looks to have sealed his first major signing as Blues boss
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The Blues manager was not deterred in his pursuit of the Ziyech, however, and instructed club officials to immediately complete a deal that can go through in the summer.

And he now looks poised to get his hands on the Morocco international after reaching an agreement with Ajax.

Ziyech has racked up 157 appearances for the Dutch outfit since joining from FC Twente in 2016, scoring 47 goals.

Ziyech has scored 47 goals in 157 games for Ajax
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He was part of the Ajax side who clinched the Eredivisie title last term, while also reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Lucas Moura’s dramatic late strike for Tottenham in the last four of the competition denied Ziyech and his heartbroken team-mates a place in the all-important Madrid showpiece.

The Morocco international has played against Chelsea twice this term
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