Hakim Ziyech is closing in on a move to Chelsea, with reports claiming that the Blues have agreed a fee and personal terms with the player.
The arrival of the Ajax midfielder will mark Frank Lampard’s first signing as Chelsea head coach, and fulfils his desire for attacking reinforcements after the Blues were unable to land any targets in January.
Ziyech was one of the names that Lampard was strongly keen on, and despite competition from across Europe, Chelsea are set to win the race for his signature.
According to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, a €45millon (£38m) deal has been agreed between the clubs, and a deal is imminent.
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But with three months of the season remaining, the report also states that Ziyech is set on finishing his Ajax career with a flourish and is eager to help the club win every trophy possible before he leaves for west London.
The Eredivisie champions currently sit top of the table with a three point advantage over AZ Alkmaar, whilst Erik ten Hag’s side are still in the KNVB Cup and the Europa League.
Chelsea, incidentally, ensured that the Dutch side dropped into the Europa League after finishing above them in the Champions League group stage along with Valencia.
Ajax face La Liga side Getafe in their round-of-32 tie but should they progress, a meeting with a Premier League side is possible.
Wolves, Manchester United and Arsenal are all still in the competition, and a future meeting with Ziyech’s Ajax would certainly make entertaining viewing for Chelsea supporters.
With Arsenal and Manchester United both outside the top four, winning the Europa League could be the Premier League duo’s best hope of qualifying for the Champions League next season, but there is a good chance they may have to beat last season’s Champions League semi-finalists to do so.
Elsewhere, Ajax manager Ten Hag effectively confirmed that Ziyech will be a Chelsea player next season.
Speaking to Fox Sports before Ajax’s 3-0 KNVB Cup victory over Vitesse Arnhem on Wednesday, he said: “Ziyech to Chelsea? A transfer was coming, we expected it to happen.
“And I actually already expected this one or two years earlier. And each time it was: ‘Wow, he stayed again’.
“We are just happy that we will still have him until the end of the season.”