Chelsea’s potential line-up after £38m Hakim Ziyech summer transfer

Chelsea are closing in on the summer transfer of Hakim Ziyech from Ajax.

Frank Lampard made the winger a top target in January but a deal could not be reached.

The Dutch club wanted to keep hold of the 26-year-old until the end of the season as they chase down an Eredivisie title.

According to multiple reports, a verbal agreement is in place over his departure to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

A fee of around £38m has been agreed and personal terms are set to be negotiated in the coming days.

Chelsea are on the lookout for wingers with Pedro and Willian’s contracts up in the summer.

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The Blues were disappointed after failing to land any targets in January, with a number of players linked.

Moussa Dembele of Lyon, Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake and RB Leipzig star Timo Werner had all been rumoured with a Stamford Bridge switch.

But fans are over the moon to see reports of Ziyech join, especially after the damage he did earlier this season in west London.

The Morocco international claimed three assists in the entertaining 4-4 draw in the Champions League group stage.

Hakim Ziyech looks set to sign for Chelsea
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One of them included a comical own goal from Kepa Arrizabalaga, where Ziyech’s spinning cross deflected off the post to hit the Spaniard in the face before going in.

The winger has scored eight times this campaign, teetering up 21 assists in the process as well.

Lampard has been impressed by Ziyech this season and the Chelsea board have backed their manager by looking to deliver his top target.

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The Blues have been missing a left-footed winger since the days of Arjen Robben and offers them a different weapon to break down teams.

At times, the London outfit’s play has looked arduous but Ziyech’s technical ability has been seen first hand by Lampard.

And the forward would likely go straight into the starting XI in the current squad, taking…


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