Chelsea are ready to cut their losses on Hakim Ziyech and get his £100,000-a-week wages off their books in the summer transfer window.
According to Simon Phillips via GiveMeSport, Premier League giants Chelsea are ready to offload winger Hakim Ziyech in the upcoming 2023 summer transfer window.
The Moroccan international was one of the sought-after players across Europe while at Ajax Amsterdam. While he has had his moments at Stamford Bridge, the transfer to London has been more of a bust than a hit.
The arrival of Graham Potter has done Ziyech little favours and he has fallen down the pecking order at Cobham. The January arrivals of Nordi Mukiele, Mykhaylo Mudryk and Joao Felix (On loan) has, if anything, cemented the 29-year-old’s future at Chelsea.
Ziyech appeared to be on his way out of the club in January, with a loan switch to Paris Saint-Germain all but done. However, the paperwork was not completed within the stipulated time and the player stayed put at Chelsea.
A move to Parc des Princes in the summer is subject to the French champions renewing their interest. PSG are reeling from yet another disappointing European campaign and could be set for a summer revamp.
Lionel Messi’s contract expires at the end of the season while Neymar has also been touted with a move away. Signing Ziyech should at the very least, give them a dependable player who can cover upfront. Ziyech too will benefit from a fresh challenge and is better off leaving his stint in London behind him.
More so, given Chelsea’s recent splurge, it is essential that the club keep their financials in check. Offloading Ziyech will save them £100,000 per week in wages, a handsome amount that can be better utilised elsewhere.
The Blues are also in need of a prolific goalscorer and cannot afford to go into another campaign without adding one to the roster. The salary cap space freed up by selling Ziyech and offloading his £100,000-a-week wages will give them some room when it comes to negotiations with prospective targets.
Ziyech at 29 still has years left in him at the top level. His performances for Morocco at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar showed the 29-year-old still has his mojo and can thrive in the right system. Regardless of who the manager is, it has just not taken off for him at Chelsea. Whether it is PSG or elsewhere, the torrid time in London appears to be reaching its conclusion.
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