Chelsea have reportedly agreed a verbal agreement to sign Ajax’s star Hakim Ziyech in the summer transfer window, which could be bad news for Ross Barkley.
Dutch publication De Telegraaf reports that the Blues have reached an agreement with Eredivisie giants Ajax for their 26-year-old playmaker.
It is explained that he could cost Frank Lampard’s side around £37.9million (€45million) if they manage to get a deal over the line in the summer transfer window.
The Morocco international is an assist machine that has set up 21 goals in 29 appearanes this campaign for Dutch outfit Ajax, plus chipped in by scoring eight goals.
Ziyech would add some real star quality to Chelsea in terms of a creative outlet and he could be a real weapon in an advanced midfield role.
But his potential arrival would only crank up competition at Stamford Bridge and it looks like he could battle it out with Mason Mount for a starting position.
That would leave current Blues playmaker Ross Barkley in a tough situation and surely his days are numbered.
Barkley has already been on the fringes of the first-team squad this campaign, scoring just two goals in his 15 appearances across all competitions.
The 26-year-old England international looks a real force when he links up with Gareth Southgate’s squad, but can’t replicate the same form at club level.
He’s been with Chelsea since January 2018 following his arrival from Everton and has shown glimpses of his quality, but ultimately hasn’t been consistent enough and isn’t a regular under Lampard.
Ziyech would be a considerable upgrade on him, so an exit should be on the cards for Barkley if the Ajax star arrives.