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Why Hakim Ziyech’s Chelsea departure is on the verge of collapse

The Blues could be forced to keep the Moroccan


A deal between Ajax and Chelsea for winger Hakim Ziyech is on the verge of collapse over a failure to agree on the type of deal to pursue, according to reports.

Ziyech made the £36m move to Stamford Bridge in 2020, but has flattered to deceive since his arrival in west London, and is expected to depart this summer just two years after arriving.

The 29 year old has managed just 26 minutes in the opening three games of the season for Thomas Tuchel’s side, and made just 23 Premier League appearances last campaign as the Blues stuttered to third place in the Premier League.

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Now free to leave, Ajax were thought to be keen on bringing him back to Amsterdam, especially given the uncertainty surrounding the future of Antony, who is seemingly set to join Manchester United.

However, this is reportedly on the verge of collapse, with Telegraaf reporting that there is a lack of agreement over the sort of deal that could happen. Chelsea are keen to sell Ziyech permanently for somewhere close to the £36m that they shelled out on him, while the Dutch club are looking for a loan deal, albeit with a significant portion of wages covered and a loan fee included.

In fact, Ajax would pay as much as 5m euros of his 10m euro salary, but Ziyech himself would also prefer a permanent departure from Stamford Bridge. At present, the deal appears to be on the verge of collapse, despite the mutual desire for Ziyech to leave London and return to Amsterdam, and Ajax have no intention of paying the full fee demanded by the Blues.

This, in turn, could have a knock-on effect for Antony, who may be forced to stay with Ajax should his 100m euro price-tag not be met.

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Ben Browning

Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.



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