Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Hakim Ziyech.
That’s according to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, who claim a €45millon (£37m) deal has been reached in principle between the Blues and Ajax for the transfer of the attacking midfielder in the summer.
Manchester United and Arsenal have also been linked with a move for Ziyech, but the report claims that despite interest from elsewhere, negotiations are only taking place with Chelsea as last season’s Champions League semi-finalists would prefer to sell to the west London outfit..
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If true, he will need to be allocated a squad number. For Ajax he’s worn the no.22 shirt ever since he arrived from Twente in the summer of 2016, but he has worn no.10 and wears no.7 for his national team.
But what shirt numbers will be available for the Morocco international at Chelsea?
Here we take a look to see what numbers are currently free at Stamford Bridge.
The current owner of this shirt number technically is Danny Drinkwater who spent the first half of the season on loan at Burnley.
He returned to west London in January, although he was sent to Aston Villa in another loan deal.
Eden Hazard has now gone.
The player was out of contract at the end of the 2019/2020 season and since completed his move to Real Madrid following over a year of speculation regarding his future.
The No.14 is also currently up for grabs with Tiemoue Bakayoko spending the season on loan at AS Monaco.
Currently vacant following Victor Moses’ loan move to Fenerbahce at the start of 2019.
The Nigerian has since moved to Inter Milan for the remainder of the season and could earn a permanent contract with the Serie A giants should he impress.
No.16 could be a potential option for a new signing with Kenedy out on loan once again.
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