‘Fantastic’ World Cup revelation ‘in trouble at Chelsea’ and ‘would be perfect’ for AC Milan

Jason Soutar
Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech celebrates his goal for Morocco

AC Milan remain interested in Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech, and former player Massimo Orlando thinks the Moroccan would be “perfect” for the Serie A champions.

Ziyech has been fantastic for Morocco at the World Cup as the North African nation prepare to take on France in the semi-final of the tournament.

In five matches in Qatar, the 29-year-old has provided two goal contributions for the first African team to reach the last four of a World Cup.

His form has perhaps come as a surprise to many Premier League fans, who have not seen the best of the former Ajax player for Chelsea.

Signed for €40million in 2020, the Dutch-born attacker has scored 14 goals and provided 10 assists in 92 games for the Blues.

Starts have been very hard to come by this year for Ziyech, who has failed to provide a single goal contribution in nine appearances for the Premier League club this term.

Former AC Milan and Fiorentina attacker Massimo Orlando is a big fan of Ziyech, with his World Cup showings proving that he “would be perfect” for the Rossoneri.

Orlando told TuttoMercatoWeb Radio‘s Maracana show: “Ziyech would be perfect.

“There’s an imbalance between the left and right wing. He comes from a fantastic World Cup and he’s in trouble at Chelsea, he’d like a redemption.

“On one side he and Theo Hernandez on the other that would be incredible.”

Milan have been long-time admirers of Ziyech and reportedly tried to sign him last summer.

He has also been linked with Manchester United, who explored a move during the summer transfer window.

Calciomercato recently reported that United are providing stiff competition to Milan ahead of the January window.

The report states that the Red Devils are leading the race to sign the Moroccan.

And in what will be seen as another blow to Milan, and Orlando, Ziyech’s move to the San Siro ‘is on the verge of collapse’, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sports Mole).

It is the player’s wage demands hindering a move to Italy, with Ziyech asking for a yearly salary of €8m (£6.9m), and Milan are not having it.

The report states that Milan will not change their stance and a transfer all hinges on the Morocco winger changing his salary demands.

Ziyech’s performances for the Atlas Lions have impressed a lot of people, including Roy Keane, who says the 29-year-old “looks like a different player” on the international stage.

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