Report: What convinced Chelsea to pull the trigger on Ziyech's transfer - The Chelsea Chronicle

Report: What convinced Chelsea to pull the trigger on Ziyech's transfer

Tifo Football has recently released a video on how Chelsea signed Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech with relatively low competition.

The Youtube video is an adaptation of the previous report from The Athletic.

According to the report, Chelsea had scouted the 27-year-old for three years before completing a transfer pre-agreement in February.

Interestingly, Chelsea and Sevilla were reportedly the only clubs interested in Ziyech.

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There have been a few other big clubs who had their look on Ziyech, but were unconvinced for a number of reasons.

Ziyech’s lean physique, his “spikier personality” and the general doubts about the level of Eredivisie were the reasons mentioned.

But Chelsea also had their reasons to continue their pursuit of the Morocco international.

The club felt his skill set would complement the current squad and were impressed by his versatility to play in a number of positions; as a number eight, a number ten and a right-winger.

Another reason was his consistent impressive performances in the Champions League where he and Ajax knocked out two Europe’s big boys Real Madrid and Juventus last season and almost beat Tottenham Hotspur in the semifinal.

Ziyech has also displayed his capabilities in front of the Chelsea fans when he assisted two of Ajax’s goals in the thrilling 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League group stage in November.

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These aforementioned reasons convinced Chelsea to pull the trigger in such a surprising time for a transfer announcement, just over a week after the January transfer deadline.

Not that Chelsea fans would complain about signing a great addition ahead of everyone else, though.

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