Chelsea ‘in talks’ with Serie A champions AC Milan over deal for £36m attacker

Date published: Saturday 25th June 2022 11:39 - Jason Soutar

Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech during a match

Chelsea are ‘in talks’ with AC Milan over a deal to sell Moroccan winger Hakim Ziyech, according to reports.

Ziyech joined the Premier League club from Ajax for a fee in the region of £36m in 2020.

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The 29-year-old has made 83 appearances for the Blues, scoring 14 and assisting ten.

He played 44 times across all competitions last term – starting half of those games. However, he only featured 23 times in the league as his side finished third.

Writing for The Guardian, Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Ziyech’s representatives are ‘in talks’ with Italian champions AC Milan.

The Moroccan is ‘open’ to joining Milan, but an arrangement regarding his salary must be found before he can complete a move to Italy.

The Rossoneri are discussing the matter ‘internally’ with Ziyech’s agents, Romano adds.

Romano shared the news to his Twitter followers on Saturday morning. He wrote: “Hakim Ziyech’s agents have already had direct talks with AC Milan board. Ziyech would be happy to join Milan – been told Chelsea and Tuchel are open to let him go if right conditions are guaranteed.

“Ziyech’s on AC Milan list since long time – talks will continue soon.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Juventus centre-half Matthijs de Ligt as Thomas Tuchel looks to bolster his defence following the exits of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger.

According to Corriere dello Sport, De Ligt has handed in a transfer request amid the Blues’ interest.

Furthermore, CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs has told the Si and Dan Talk Chelsea Podcast: “De Ligt and [Kalidou] Koulibaly are both on Chelsea’s shortlist, I think De Ligt is more likely. He’s interested, his people have intimated that when I’ve spoken to them, and Chelsea are ramping up their interest.”

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