Chelsea have reportedly reached a verbal agreement to sign Ajax star Hakim Ziyech this summer in a deal that could be worth $49 million (€45 million).
The Blues were linked with the Morocco international during the January transfer window and failed to get a deal over the line, but it’s believed an official announcement could be made in the near future.
Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf (via Sky Sports) reported an agreement in principle has been reached between the two clubs, and Chelsea are confident of landing their man this time around.
Ziyech, 26, assisted two of Ajax’s four goals when the Eredivisie titans drew 4-4 at Stamford Bridge in November during the Champions League group stage.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard appears to have been impressed by that contribution considering his efforts to recruit the playmaker since then.
Veteran wingers Willian, 31, and Pedro, 32, both look set to leave west London when their contracts expire at the end of this season.
Ziyech plays largely on the right flank, and his signing could place a question mark on the future of United States international Christian Pulisic, who hasn’t shone as many might have expected at Stamford Bridge amidst various injury issues.
The 21-year-old—who is currently sidelined due to injury—agreed to his transfer from Borussia Dortmund in January 2019 when Maurizio Sarri was still at the Chelsea helm, and Lampard hasn’t always shown a preference for the player.
Ziyech signed a new contract until 2022 at the Johan Cruyff Arena in August, though it appears that maneuver may have been in order to net the club a greater fee for his departure.