Chelsea ‘open to selling Hakim Ziyech this summer’ after just one season at the club with ‘Napoli and AC Milan interested in moving for forward’ as Blues prepare for mass clear-out
- Hakim Ziyech could leave Chelsea just one season on from arriving from Ajax
- Reports in Italy say that Napoli and AC Milan are both interested in the forward
- Ziyech has struggled to regularly start games under Blues boss Thomas Tuchel
- Chelsea are expected to overhaul their attacking ranks in the summer window
Ziyech moved to Stamford Bridge from Ajax last summer and went on to make 39 appearances across all competitions, but it is said the club may consider cashing in on him already.
Chelsea are said to be open to selling Hakim Ziyech this summer after one season at the club
Despite scoring six goals and teeing up four others, Ziyech often struggled to cement his spot in boss Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI.
The Morocco international has shown moments of real quality but, after starting just 15 Premier League games and three in the Champions League, question marks have been raised over his long-term future.
He was also left out of the team for the two semi-final legs against Real Madrid and the final in Porto.
Ziyech won the Champions League at Chelsea but has largely endured a frustrating campaign
And his time in London may already be up with Napoli, who recently hired Luciano Spalletti as their new manager, poised to table an offer.
AC Milan, meanwhile, are another Serie A club on the hunt for reinforcements in this window – although they, alongside Napoli, have not yet made a formal approach.
Sportsmail has previously reported on how Chelsea are set for a busy summer of spending – and Ziyech may find his game time further restricted next year.
The Blues are expected to bring in four new players, and as many of 11 stars on the fringes could be shown the exit door.
Napoli and AC Milan have both been linked with moves for playmaker Ziyech in this window
Tammy Abraham may leave in an overhaul of the club’s attacking ranks while Olivier Giroud was also expected to depart.
AC Milan are believed to have made contact with the former’s entourage, while Aston Villa, West Ham and Wolves are in the race for ace Abraham.
Giroud, however, recently signed a one-year extension to stay in west London in a surprise move.
Ziyech’s future is uncertain with Chelsea set for an overhaul in attack under Thomas Tuchel
Christian Pulisic, a forward often fielded ahead of Ziyech, is believed to be keen to feature in games from the start.
He also feels frustrated at Tuchel’s preference to use him as an impact substitute.
That situation may well come to a head in the future but, with his future up in the air, it is currently not known whether Ziyech will be handed the opportunity to step in and impress.