Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech agrees move ahead of transfer deadline as Graham Potter trims squad

    Hakim Ziyech has agreed a move to leave Chelsea
    Hakim Ziyech has agreed a move to leave Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

    Hakim Ziyech has agreed a move to leave Chelsea and is set to sign for Paris Saint-Germain before the transfer deadline, according to reports.

    Morocco international Ziyech has spent three underwhelming seasons at Stamford Bridge following a £33m move from Ajax in 2020.

    The 29-year-old won the Eredivisie at Ajax and helped the Dutch club reach the semi-finals of the Champions League, but has largely flattered to deceive in west London.

    Ziyech has failed to impress multiple Chelsea managers and started just four Premier League games this season.

    His game-time will only suffer more following the January arrival of Ukraine international Mykhailo Mudryk, who completed a £89m move from Shakhtar Donetsk.

    Ziyech admitted during the World Cup that he could leave Chelsea in January and the winger is closing in on a winter move to French champions PSG.

    According to reports in France, Ziyech has already agreed to join PSG, who are in advanced talks with Chelsea over a deal.

    Ziyech failed to win over Blues boss Graham Potter
    Ziyech failed to win over Blues boss Graham Potter (Picture: Getty)

    Both clubs are optimistic of reaching an agreement, with Chelsea keen to raise some funds following a heavy period of spending under Todd Boehly.

    Chelsea have spent more than £450m on new signings since Boehly purchased the club, signing seven players in January alone.

    The Blues are also on the verge of making World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez the most expensive signing in Premier League history as they close in on a £115m deal with Benfica.

    While Ziyech has struggled at Chelsea, he impressed at the Qatar World Cup, helping Morocco become the first African nation to reach the semi-finals.

    Jose Mourinho’s Roma and Chelsea’s Premier League rivals Newcastle United have also been linked with Ziyech but he now looks set to join the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar at PSG.

    Former Chelsea boss Ruud Gullit believes Ziyech can still develop into a ‘top player’ and believes he has been played out of position by the Premier League club.

    ‘The way Ziyech plays for Morocco, I’ve never seen him play for Chelsea. It’s not just him,’ Gullit said earlier in the month.

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    Chelsea are working on a deal for Enzo Fernandez (Picture: Getty)

    ‘I think Chelsea have put him in positions that don’t suit him at times. He just needs to play on that right side.

    ‘I wonder… I think he comes into his own in Spain, I think. I have the impression that he has never reached the level of Ajax in England.

    ‘I would like to see him in Spain. He can reach the top. He would also fit well in the Barcelona team.’

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