Chelsea edge closer to £40m summer deal for Ajax forward Hakim Ziyech as Frank Lampard nears first signing at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea edge closer to £40m summer deal for Ajax forward Hakim Ziyech as Frank Lampard nears first signing at Stamford Bridge

After a campaign of signing no-one, Chelsea are set to buy their first player of the Frank Lampard era for next season.

The Blues are closing in on an agreement with Ajax to sign forward Hakim Ziyech in the summer.

The two clubs have agreed a £40million fee for the in-demand 26-year-old and, according to De Telegraaf, Ziyech is only in talks with Chelsea.

Chelsea have agreed a £40million fee with Ajax for Hakim Ziyech to join them in the summer
Chelsea have agreed a £40million fee with Ajax for Hakim Ziyech to join them in the summer
De Telegraaf claim Frank Lampard has instructed Chelsea to 'immediately complete' a move
De Telegraaf claim Frank Lampard has instructed Chelsea to ‘immediately complete’ a move

A report in the Dutch publication also states that Lampard instructed Chelsea to ‘immediately complete’ a move for Ziyech as he plans to reinforce his attacking options for next season.

Chelsea will know Ziyech quite well having come up against him and Ajax in the Champions League group stage earlier this season.

The first match in Amsterdam saw Chelsea win 1-0 with the reverse fixture ending 4-4 – with Ziyech starting both matches.

Ziyech has attracted interest from Chelsea's London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham in the past
Ziyech has attracted interest from Chelsea’s London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham in the past

The west London outfit have held an interest in Ziyech for a while – who has also caught the eye of London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham too.

The Algerian international has scored nine goals across 28 Dutch Eredivise and Champions League games combined.

In four seasons with the Dutch giants, Ziyech has won the Eredivisie and Dutch Cup. 

Chelsea are currently fourth in the Premier League table but are only two points above fifth-place Sheffield United, albeit with a game in hand.

He has scored nine goals across 28 Dutch Eredivise and Champions League games combined
He has scored nine goals across 28 Dutch Eredivise and Champions League games combined

By: LUKE AUGUSTUS FOR MAILONLINE

Daily Mail

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