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Why Cheslea could still be made to wait for Hakim Ziyech transfer completion from Ajax

There is no guarantee that Hakim Ziyech will join Chelsea on July 1 if the Premier League votes to end the season by June 30 as teams await further clarity from Fifa relating to the next transfer window.

All 20 clubs will hold a conference call on Friday afternoon to discuss an exit strategy from its hiatus and one of the suggestions is that the campaign is concluded by the end of June irrespective of how many fixtures remain.

The driving force behind that idea is to avoid issues relating to player contracts and it would require the backing of 14 representatives in a vote to ensure it is implemented.

Chelsea have four first-team players out of contract on June 30: Willian, Pedro, Olivier Giroud and WIlly Caballero.

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Should that completion date be enforced, it would potentially pave the way for an English transfer window to open on schedule but there is no clarity on what would happen with international moves.

Fifa’s latest guidance indicated that they would adjust the summer and winter windows as part of “exceptional measures” to ensure the game can return to some sort of normal structure post the coronavirus pandemic.

What that means for deals already agreed, however, remains to be seen.

Ziyech agreed to join Chelsea in February for a fee of about €35million but Ajax’s season is likely to run deep into the summer after the Dutch FA last week unveiled plans to resume their campaign on June 19.

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That is despite Ajax and a number of other clubs calling for the season to be scrapped. Should the Eredivisie season continue into July, it is almost certain that the Netherlands’ transfer window will be delayed.

It is unclear whether these exceptional circumstances would allow both clubs to come to an agreement or if Fifa, who have set up a taskforce to propose alterations, will even sanction a move outside of the potentially adjusted window dates.

Ziyech would still arrive in time for the start of the…

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