Ajax have confirmed that they have agreed a deal with Chelsea worth €44 million for the transfer of Hakim Ziyech.
Chelsea fought long and hard to get their two-window transfer ban overturned, though having done so, they failed to bring any new talent to the club during the January transfer window.
One of their targets is believed to have been Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech, with Frank Lampard having made no secret of his desire to add more creativity to his side following the departure of Eden Hazard, though the Eredivisie side were unwilling to lose one of their key players during the winter window.
However, Chelsea have now moved swiftly to secure the Moroccan’s services ahead of the summer window and it has been confirmed that the 26-year-old will complete a move to the Premier League side on July 1st, the two clubs agreeing a deal worth up to €44m (£37m).
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“Ajax and Chelsea have reached an agreement for the transfer of Hakim Ziyech,” a statement on the Ajax website reads.
“The player will join the Premier League club on July 1st 2020 and will finish the season in Amsterdam. The clubs have agreed a deal of €40 million. This sum could potentially increase to a maximum of €44 million, with variable factors.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea also confirmed the deal on their website, saying that the deal is ‘subject to agreeing personal terms’ which should be a formality.
Ziyech has a hugely impressive record in the Dutch top-flight, scoring 79 goals and producing 87 assists in his 213 appearances.