Frank Lampard is plotting a major summer rebuild at Chelsea after they complete a £37m deal for Hakim Ziyech.
But the Blues have no intention of paying Borussia Dortmund’s £100m asking price for Jason Sancho, with Manchester United favourites to land him.
Ajax winger Ziyech will move to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season after the two clubs agreed a deal worth an initial £33m plus add-ons yesterday.
That looks a bargain for the 26-year-old Morocco star, who has been involved in 92 goals in 113 games for the Dutch club.
But while Lampard is pushing to make sure he is just one of many signings this summer after missing out in the last two windows, Chelsea will not be breaking the bank on a marquee name.
That would suggest England star Sancho is out of reach, although the Blues have registered an interest in the 19-year-old.
Chelsea are in the market for a striker and a goalkeeper, with Kepa Arrizabalaga’s place under threat, and are also eyeing a left back, with Leicester’s Ben Chilwell among potential targets.
The Blues also look set to wave goodbye to ageing wingers Pedro and Willian, and veteran centre forward Olivier Giroud, as part of a major squad shake-up.
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Ziyech was holding out for a move to Chelsea after turning down the likes of Roma and Sevilla and Ajax coach Eric ten Hag claims he expected it to happen “one or two years earlier.”
Team-mate Donny van de Beek has tipped him to be a success in London, saying: “He will do very well there. It’s a nice club for him.”
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Ziyech himself has expressed his delight at becoming a Chelsea player, saying: “Happy to be fit again so I can enjoy these last months on the pitch, where I belong.
“Received a lot of warm and positive…