Chelsea confirmed one of football's worst kept secrets when the club officially announced that the player had signed a five-year contract and was bound to the club until the summer of 2020. Hakim Ziyech's transfer from Ajax to Chelsea has been in the works for some time but it has been completed around the clock. Ajax have agreed a five-year deal with Chelsea to sign a new player, 'the statement read.
Jadon Sancho has also been on Chelsea's radar but Ziyech's signing is a masterstroke for a relatively inexperienced Chelsea team. Chelsea are paying a transfer fee that could rise to around £44million next summer and it is thought he could cost around £42m, which would cost Lampard a lot of money to emulate his former Manchester United and Manchester City team-mate. That may make his signing easier and, if he does not provoke the same reaction as Sancho, it could prove a masterstroke by a comparatively inexperienced Chelsea side in the transfer market.
If he can make a smooth transition from country to country and the Chelsea manager is willing to play him in the role that made him successful at Ajax, the attacking midfielder should light up the Premier League in a similar role to the Eredivisie. Ziyech will arrive at Chelsea and pick up exactly where he left off in the Netherlands, giving almost no hint as to who will start the XI. He will help Chelsea and be a welcome addition to the squad that the Blues will relish when he shines for the first time.
The west London club hope to play Champions League football next season and Ziyech could have a huge impact on their chances of success in the Premier League, as he did at Ajax. Should Chelsea drop out of the Champions League this season, they will hope he can shine in Europe for them too.
So Chelsea fans, sit back, relax, get a cup of tea and get ready to watch a playing superstar in his future. Hakim Ziyech is ticking all the boxes and if he leaves Chelsea this summer he will give them optimism and enthusiasm for next season before he has even kicked a ball at the club.
He is certainly a different player to the one Frank Lampard, the Chelsea manager, inherited when he was appointed. I wrote about his first spell at Chelsea, his first Premier League game against Manchester United and his performance against Arsenal.
This shows how he has revolutionised Chelsea by bolstering their attacking options and bringing a breath of fresh air to Stamford Bridge.
Ziyech's signing could prove crucial to turning Frank Lampard's young Chelsea side into a potential Premier League winner. Having failed to sign a player in the last two transfer windows, he will have to spend £150m this summer and Chelsea will have to adjust to a high turnover of players. Chelsea will now field six attacking midfield players and one winger, providing much-needed depth in midfield and attack. Add in the signings of Chelsea, N'Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic and the starting line-up at Stamford Bridge this season will be one that gives opposing defenders nightmares.
When Eden Hazard first saw Florentino Perez behind the bar a year ago, he predicted Chelsea would eventually wait to replace their handsome prince. He has shone in the Premier League and given Chelsea fans a taste of what is to come, even if they didn't know it then.
Chelsea will be watching Ziyech closely this weekend as the Blues win 1-0 at Ajax and go home 4-4, but they will be hoping for a more complete story. Chelsea have decided to sign Nathan Ake in January and could consider bringing the centre back to Stamford Bridge in the summer, although that would most likely mean he can leave. The timing couldn't be better for Chelsea to sell Ajax in January.
The striker, whose World Cup pedigree stretches back to Pedro, could move to Roma if he is available for the remaining league and cup games of the season.
Ziyech was the subject of an approach from Chelsea during the last transfer window but Ajax failed in a bid to keep him in the summer. The 26-year-old will spend the rest of the season with Ajax before moving to his former club Chelsea in the Premier League in the summer and Ajax want him to sign a new contract in Holland in August. Chelsea arrived in January and were keen to sign Ziych in January before Ajax stepped in, insisting a transfer would not happen until the summer and not before.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: 'We are confident Hakim will join us in the summer and he was a key player for the club in the last transfer window. Carvalho confirmed that Chelsea had the option to re-sign Boga and said they could 'cash in' on him in June.
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