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Chelsea to swoop for Ajax star as Lampard plots £150m spending spree

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Chelsea target Hakim Ziyech as Lampard readies £150 million war chest

Chelsea will keep a close watch on Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech as Frank Lampard plans a summer overhaul of the squad. (h/t Telegraph)

The Blues had made an approach for the Moroccan midfielder in January but were rebuffed in their efforts, with Ajax adamant for the player to see out the season in the Netherlands (h/t Telegraph).

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Hakim Ziyech has starred in the UEFA Champions League for Ajax

The Moroccan is seen as a cheaper alternative to Dortmund sensation Jadon Sancho (h/t Telegraph).

Sancho is expected to cost in the region of £100million. This is without taking into account the intense competition for his signature from the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City. (h/t Telegraph)

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Ziyech vs Sancho for 2019-20

It can be argued that Sancho has more goals and assists than Ziyech. The Moroccan has roughly half of Sancho’s’ goals and trails the Englishman by one assist. However, Ziyech still averages a goal contribution per game and is, by no means, an ineffectual player.

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Chelsea also need to sign a striker to ease the pressure on Tammy Abraham in the summer window.

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Chelsea keen on signing rising Premier League star worth over £80m

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Chelsea keen on signing Ben Chilwell in the summer

Chelsea are preparing a move for Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell in the summer transfer window, according to Football.London. The 23-year-old came up through the youth ranks at Leicester before making his Premier League debut in 2016 against Everton.

He has since gone on to establish himself as one of the league’s best left-backs. Chilwell has made 22 appearances for the Foxes this season and has scored two goals and three assists. (h/t Whoscored)

Left-back is a position that the Blues need to address this summer. Marcos Alonso is out of favour and Emerson has been linked with a return to Serie A.

Ben Chilwell
Ben Chilwell is one of the league’s best left-backs

At just 23, Chilwell has the potential to nail down the position at Chelsea for years to come. He is also well experienced in the Premier League to come in and make an immediate impact.

He is defensively solid and does well in one vs ones. His attacking qualities have also improved, with the player able to push up the pitch and deliver crosses with increasing accuracy.

Manchester City is also interested in the player with Leicester set to demand over £80million for his services.

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Interestingly Chilwell was sent off for the only time in his career so far against Chelsea. The defender has also won 11 caps for the England national team.

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Chelsea to battle Premier League duo for this £63 million star

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Chelsea to battle Arsenal and Manchester City for Isco

According to Spanish publication El Desmarque (h/t Daily Mail), Chelsea are set to battle it out with Arsenal and Manchester City for Real Madrid’s Isco.

Madrid intends to use the 27-year-old’s sale to help finance the transfer for Kylian Mbappe.

Zinedine Zidane is keen on bringing in the PSG star and Fiorentina Perez is keen to make his manager’s wish come true.

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Isco has struggled for regular starts at Real Madrid (Image credit: Getty)

Isco is valued at £63 million and the amount will go some way in financing what is likely to be a hefty transfer fee for Mbappe.

Chelsea have already agreed to sign Ajax star Hakim Ziiyech in the summer. With the arrival of the Moroccan star adding to the presence of Mason Mount and Ross Barkley, its a matter of debate if Chelsea will indeed bid for Isco. (h/t Express)

The report also goes on to claim that Isco could be used as a makeweight in the Mbappe deal with PSG.

Isco is an upgrade over Barkley and Mount and is also much more experienced. A four-time winner of the UEFA Champions League, the Spaniard has the fortitude of a winner and should add immensely to a young Chelsea squad.

the 27-year-old is a former Golden Boy winner and was also nominated for the UEFA Champions League squad of the season for 2016-17.

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Isco has found opportunities hard to come by this season. He has made just 19 appearances for Real Madrid with six of them coming off the bench. (h/t Whoscored)

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Not Giroud – This veteran star could extend Chelsea contract

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Pedro could sign contract extension to stay at Chelsea

Spanish World Cup winner Pedro could extend his stay at Chelsea. (h/t Football London)

The 32-year-old’s Chelsea contract expires in the summer. He has been linked with a move to the MLS with a return to Spain also on the cards.

Pedro had earlier been linked with a move to Japan to reunite with former Barcelona and Spain teammate, Andreas Iniesta.

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Pedro’s Chelsea contract expires in the summer

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, however, has lent his opinion on the matter. He has stated that neither Willian nor Pedro’s future is in no way related to the imminent arrival of Hakim Ziyech and that conversations are undergoing with both players.

Although Lampard had mentioned about the prospect of Willian extending earlier, this is the first time that the Chelsea manager has mentioned Pedro.

Since joining Chelsea in 2015, Pedro has made 196 appearances for the London club and has scored 42 goals. He played a key role in Chelsea’s Premier League victory in 2017 and the UEFA Europa League in 2019.

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Pedro has found himself on the fringes this season. Lampard’s youth revolution has limited the Catalan veteran’s appearances this season.

He has made just 12 appearances this season scoring one goal. (h/t Whoscored)

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Manager confirms Chelsea transfer for ace Eredivisie midfielder

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Erik ten Hag confirms Hakim Ziyech transfer to Chelsea

Ajax Amsterdam manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed star midfielder Hakim Ziyech’s transfer to Chelsea. (h/t Metro)

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard had identified Ziyech as a transfer target in January. He has now got his man.

The 26-year-old joined Ajax from FC Twente in 2016. He has since gone on to make 157 appearances for the club. Ziyech was instrumental in Ajax’s fairy tale run to the UEFA Champions League semifinals last season.

The Moroccan scored three goals and three assists as the Dutch giants overcame the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus.

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Hakim Ziyech played a crucial role in Ajax’s run to the UCL semi finals last season

Ziyech will cost Chelsea £38 million, a fee significantly lower than what Jadon Sancho is set to command. Ten Hag has stated that the club have been braced for the player’s departure for some time now.

“Ziyech to Chelsea? A transfer was coming, we expected it to happen.”

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Ten Hag went on to state that he had expected a transfer to take place earlier and is happy to have the player available until the end of the season (h/t Metro).

The Ajax boss went to express his pride in the player and termed Chelsea a ‘fantastic club’ as he conveyed his happiness for the player (h/t Metro).

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Chelsea are set to hand Lampard a sizable transfer kitty of £150 million in the summer.

The club are keen to bring in at least four players in the window with a striker, left-back and a central defender the priorities.

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