Chelsea are said to be in advanced talks to sign Ajax star Hakim Ziyech in the summer.
The 26-year-old was said to be a January transfer target for Frank Lampard’s side – and was linked to Tottenham and Arsenal as well.
But according to various reports, the Blues are now leading the charge for the attacker, and could be close to sealing a move for the Morocco international.
Ziyech would likely become Frank Lampard’s first permanent transfer as Chelsea manager after a number of players were linked to Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window.
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But other clubs had their chance to move for Ziyech. And two men linked to Spurs previously advised Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to sign the Ajax attacker.
“I really hope he goes to Tottenham Hotspur, I sent a message today to [Daniel] Levy, I said: Get Ziyech after this season,” Rafael van der Vaart told Voetbal Primeur.
“I am convinced that he becomes a sensation in London, and I also wish him that.
“I hope Spurs takes him and we will see.”
Meanwhile, former Spurs boss Martin Jol also said that the club should move for Ajax – despite what could be a high price.
“If I was Spurs I would go for Hakim Ziyech and then you’ve got Donny van de Beek, but the thing is now Ajax can ask £70m or £80m for their stars,” Jol told football.london.
“The old days are over. You can’t get Ajax players for £12m or £15m. That time is over. Tottenham need very good scouts and people to find players.”
Ziyech’s potential move to Chelsea is said to be worth around £38million, with Spurs sealing a deal for Steven Bergwijn in January for £26.7million.