Two times UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea have reportedly started discussions with Italian Serie A champions AC Milan over the sale of Hakim Ziyech.
The Blues are ready to release the Morocco winger this summer as they get close to signing Man City’s Raheem Sterling. Hakim Ziyech is also interested in a move away from Chelsea as he submitted a transfer request at the end of last month after he had a difficult 2021/22 season by making just 8 English Premier League appearances for Chelsea.
According to transfer window specialist, Fabrizio Romano, Ziyech desires a switch to AC Milan and hopes the deal will be completed as soon as possible. The Serie A champions are also interested in securing his services this summer even though they are planning to sign Club Brugge star Charles de Ketelaere.
Hakim Ziyech’s contract with Chelsea will expire in 2025 and the Blues will also accept a loan deal for the Moroccan star with an option to buy rather than an immediate permanent deal.
While Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea authorities are keeping an eye on several forward players, Romelu Lukaku has already moved from the London club to Milan and joined Inter.
Manchester City’s striker Raheem Sterling is one of the players Chelsea are set to sign this summer and has reached an agreement on personal terms with the Blues in advance of his £50 million transfer.
AC Milan are working on both Hakim Ziyech & Charles de Ketelaere deals. 🔴 #ACMilan— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 7, 2022
▫️ New official bid coming soon for de Ketelaere after meeting with agent and opening proposal;
▫️ Talks on with Chelsea for Ziyech, player keen on the move – club open to let him go.
In addition, Chelsea are rumored to be preparing a £14 million offer for Cristiano Ronaldo, who is desperate to leave Manchester United. Ronaldo has been excluded from the team’s preseason trip to Australia and Thailand because he has yet to commence training due to a family matter.
The owner of Chelsea, Todd Boehly, is a huge admirer of the Portuguese and hopes to profit from his unfortunate circumstance. It is believed that Todd Boehly is waiting for head coach Thomas Tuchel’s approval before submitting an offer to Man United for Ronaldo.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is also linked with Napoli, Sporting Lisbon, and Bayern Munich – but the German Bundesliga champions have now ruled out a move for the top player after their CEO said that he is not fit to be in their team.
Chelsea are also interested in signing Leeds United winger Raphinha but the Brazilian is more interested in joining Barcelona this summer. Raphinha has reportedly agreed on personal terms with Barcelona and is already in Spain to have his medicals in case the deal goes through.
Hakim Ziyech change his agent after 12 years amid AC Milan move
Hakim Ziyech has revealed that he is taking charge of his professional career and may follow Romelu Lukaku, another Chelsea player, to Serie A. He announced on his Instagram page that he will now be speaking for himself when making decisions about his future.
Agent Nakhil Mondial has been Hakim Ziyech’s representative for over 12 years and was in charge of the transfer decisions that led him from Ajax to Chelsea.
However, the Moroccan star is ready to take control of his future and make the move to AC Milan possible.
Ziyech made 44 appearances for Thomas Tuchel’s side last season, scoring 8 goals whilst providing 6 assists but most of the appearances were from the bench.
Read his statement below: