Hakim Ziyech faces Chelsea exit as AC Milan emerge as destination


AC Milan are reportedly exploring the possibility of signing Chelsea attacking Hakim Ziyech on loan with an option to buy. The 28-year-old has been restricted to just 128 Premier League minutes this season as the Moroccan has featured five times, three of which came under Graham Potter.

Ziyech hasn’t managed the heights he reached during his time with Ajax prior to his £33m move to the Premier League. Despite his lack of playing time, he managed to nudge his way into the Morocco national team for their World Cup campaign as they drew their group opener with Croatia.

According to reports in Italy via La Gazzetta Dello Sport , the reigning Serie A champions are looking to bolster their attacking options with Ziyech. It has been reported that Stefano Pioli is eyeing a loan move with an option to buy. They brokered a similar deal which saw Fikayo Tomori depart his boyhood club, he has since established himself as a first-team starter for Milan.

His performances in Italy also saw him fire his way into contention for Gareth Southgate’s England side but a slight dip in form saw the likes of Harry Maguire, John Stones, Connor Coady, Eric Dier and Ben White named ahead of the 24-year- old.

As Ziyech’s involvement for Chelsea has lessened, it has prompted calls for him to leave Stamford Bridge. He has been involved three times in the Champions League and also managed over an hour in the Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester City.

“It’s hard to say, difficult to say,” he told NOS on Wednesday. “We don’t know what will happen in the winter. It’s football, so it’s difficult to say.”

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