Chelsea have agreed a deal for the £33.3million summer signing of Hakim Ziyech from Ajax.
The Blues must now confirm personal terms with the Morocco winger, who will join Chelsea on July 1.
Both Chelsea and Ajax confirmed the deal, with Frank Lampard securing his first signing as Stamford Bridge boss.
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Lampard and Chelsea were unable to make any headway on recruitment in the January transfer window, leaving the new boss frustrated not to bolster his squad.
Ziyech was one of Lampard’s top targets however, and the Blues have moved quickly to lock down a deal for the 26-year-old, that should represent excellent value considering market constraints.
“Chelsea Football Club has reached an agreement with Ajax to sign Hakim Ziyech this summer,” read a Chelsea statement.
“The move is subject to the player agreeing personal terms and he will remain at the Dutch club for the rest of this season.”
Ziyech has laid on more than 20 goals in each of the last three seasons, already teeing up 21 at Ajax this term.
The west London club saw their FIFA transfer ban lifted on appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but were unable to capitalise by making any mid-season recruits.
“Ajax and Chelsea have reached an agreement for the transfer of Hakim Ziyech,” Ajax confirmed in a statement.
“The player will join the Premier League club on July 1st 2020 and will finish the season in Amsterdam. The clubs have agreed a deal of E40 million euros. “This sum could potentially increase to a maximum of E44 million, with variable factors.
“The contract of the Moroccan player lasts until the 30th of June 2022. Ziyech was born on March 19, 1993 in Dronten. He made his debut for Ajax on 11 September 2016 in the match against Vitesse (1-0). The Moroccan international has played 160 official matches in the first team of Ajax and scored 49 goals.
“With Ajax he won the Johan Cruyff Shield this season. Last year he became champion of the Netherlands with Ajax and he also won the KNVB Cup. In 2018, Ziyech was named Dutch footballer of the year.”