Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign Hakim Ziyech from Ajax and a £38m deal is likely to be completed in days.
Ziyech was one of Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard’s top targets in January but Ajax insisted on keeping him until the summer.
Chelsea kept working on the deal after the window closed and it is understood the Premier League club are confident an announcement will be made soon before he moves to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
Frank Lampard has spoken regularly about signing a long-term replacement for Eden Hazard recently and Ziyech might just be that replacement.
The 26-year-old has scored eight goals and registered 21 assists in 29 matches across all competitions for Ajax this season.
Hakim Ziyech is a Dutch-born Moroccan professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Ajax and the Morocco national team. In 2019, he was selected as one of the 20 best players in the UEFA Champions League for the 2018–19 season.
He joined Ajax in 2016 and has made 107 appearances and scored 38 goals.
He was supposed to leave the club in 2022, but the bid by Chelsea will have him move in the summer