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Chelsea, Ajax reach agreement over Ziyech transfer

Chelsea FC are set to snap up Moroccan winger, Hakim Ziyech after reportedly agreeing to a verbal deal around the region of €45 million (£37.8 million).

Ziyech is said to be a replacement for the ageing attackers Willian (31), Pedro (32) and Olivier Giroud (33) each have contracts that are due to expire in June, while midfielder Marco van Ginkel and reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero will also be free agents.

The Blues were suspended from registering new players during the last summer transfer window but have taken the initiative to boost their ranks in 2020.

According to quotes from Ajax director, Marc Overmars, in May, Ziyech would leave when the right deal presented itself:

"Hakim leaves when a good club presents itself. That happens, I think, because he is much more in the spotlight because of his great game in the Champions League than last year. Very large clubs are hanging around him. By the way, we promised Hakim a nice transfer on his arrival."

Ziyech has had 29 goal involvements in as many appearances across all competitions for his club this season, including two goals and five assists in six European outings.

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