As per a report from the Evening Standard, Manchester United abandoned interest in Chelsea-bound Hakim Ziyech to instead focus their attentions on three other attacking talents.
The big news across the European media over the last 24 hours has surrounded Chelsea’s swoop for Ajax star Ziyech.
In something of a bolt-from-the-blue, reports began to emerge in force yesterday afternoon that Frank Lampard’s men were on the verge of clinching Ziyech’s signature.
Despite the winter transfer window having closed just 2 weeks ago, it was widely-speculated that Chelsea had all-but secured a deal with Ajax, which would see Ziyech make the move to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
And, on the back of a nervy wait for fans of the Blues, confirmation of such an agreement was subsequently forthcoming earlier today.
In an announcement across the club’s social media platforms, Chelsea revealed:
Chelsea Football Club has reached an agreement with Ajax to sign Hakim Ziyech this summer. The move is subject to the player agreeing personal terms and he will remain at the Dutch club for the rest of this season.
We have some Hakim Ziyech news… 👀
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 13, 2020
United opt against swoop
If the latest updates stemming from the English media this evening are to be believed, though, then Ziyech could well have actually been set for another of the Premier League’s heavyweights.
As per the aforementioned report courtesy of the Evening Standard, Manchester United had taken the Moroccan creator ‘under consideration’ as a genuine option to reinforce the club’s attack.
In the end, however, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co. opted against a swoop for Ziyech.
The reasoning behind this? The Red Devils’ focus on a trio of other attacking stars.
Borussia Dortmund’s rumoured change of stance on Jadon Sancho (the German giants are now said to be open to his sale) has seen the English international emerge as Manchester United’s prime target this summer.
The Old Trafford powerhouse are also eyeing a pair of Premier League talents, in the form of James Maddison and Jack Grealish.
— James Robson (@jamesrobsonES) February 13, 2020