Chelsea won’t let Hakim Ziyech go without receiving a decent pay – but one of their suitors is still hoping for a loan deal, according to reports.
Ziyech joined Chelsea in a money transfer from Ajax last summer. He started off quite positively, but was quickly disturbed by an injury. From that point on, he struggled to get back into the race. His first Premier League campaign ended with just 15 starts and two goals.
The Morocco international is on a long-term contract until 2025 at Stamford Bridge. However, there have already been many rumors he was leaving just a year after this deal started.
AC Milan appear to be their main contenders, because they have to find a way to replace Hakan Calhanoglu. The Turkey international left on a free transfer for his rivals Inter, which was a blow to the Rossoneri.
Calhanoglu could play on the right wing or in a central attacking midfielder role. Ziyech can feature in both of these positions as well, so could be an ideal replacement.
however, Tuttosport warned them that Ziyech would not be allowed to leave Chelsea on the cheap. After spending € 40m on him a year ago, the Blues won’t want to see most of that money wasted.
Thus, Milan must come up with a new strategy. According to the Italian newspaper, the solution could be that they take it on loan. However, such a proposal would have to wait until later in the transfer window.
Presumably, Chelsea will wait and see if anyone comes up with an offer closer to their demands. Otherwise, their position may soften towards the end of the summer.
Until then, if Milan are still interested, a loan could help them find their man. But it looks like Chelsea will wait to assess all options before making such a commitment.
Milan keep Giroud’s interest
Milan have already signed a player from Chelsea this summer, making Fikayo Tomori’s loan permanent.
The defender could soon be joined by striker Olivier Giroud, who was due to travel to Milan on a free transfer at the end of the season. However, Chelsea triggered an automatic 12-month contract extension to complicate matters.
Giroud’s entourage remains adamant that Chelsea will let him go for free if an offer arises. To that end, Milan could be his final destination.
But Tuttosport have no update on their pursuit of the French striker, who could still drop down the pecking order if Chelsea signed someone else to his post this summer.
It seems like a priority task after Timo Werner struggled in his debut season at Stamford Bridge.
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