Expected at Chelsea, Hakim Ziyech will (finally) spread his class elsewhere

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Hakim Ziyech is expected to wear the Chelsea colors next season. The midfielder will sign a contract with the English team. The Moroccan, who has been playing for Ajax in Amsterdam since 2016, was one of the Dutch club's last cracks not to have found a taker.

Superb strikes, sublime transversals, brilliant inspirations … Until February 13, 2020, Hakim Ziyech looked like a misunderstood and / or underpriced artist on the transfer market. And for good reason: the midfielder was one of the few cracks that led Ajax Amsterdam in the semi-finals of the European Cup (UEFA Champions League) 2018-2019 not to have been sold by the Dutch club . Defender Matthijs de Ligt? Party at Juventus Turin for nearly 85 million euros. Midfielder Frenkie de Jong? Bought by FC Barcelona for a neighboring sum.

The Moroccan saw the train go without him last summer. After a failed African Cup of Nations in 2019, he even decided to extend it to Amsterdam until 2022.

But it will likely be his last campaign in the Dutch Championship. Chelsea has indeed offered the Dutch speaker for 40 million euros, a sum lower than the market value of the player (50 million) according to the Transfermarkt site.

" Only 138 days of magic "

" Chelsea Football Club reached agreement with Ajax to hire Hakim Ziyech this summer, specifies the London formation on its site. This transfer is subject to an agreement with the player and will remain with the Dutch club until the end of this season. ". The "Blues" already knew him well. They clashed in the 2019-2020 Champions League group stage.

The Amstellodamois had already resolved for a long time to see another of their nuggets leave. The man who has scored 49 goals in 160 official matches with Ajax Amsterdam has been regularly announced in Spain, Italy and England (Arsenal, Tottenham, etc.) in recent months. Here he is leaving for the greatest sadness of Ajax "Lancers". " Only 138 days of magic left. Enjoy every touch of the ball … "Tweeted the club.