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.
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.
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.
By: LUKE AUGUSTUS FOR MAILONLINE