'Very interested': Italian reporter claims £33m Chelsea man is now top target for Serie A side

Italian journalist Santi Aouna stated that Chelsea forward Hakim Ziyech is being heavily tracked by AC Milan.

Speaking to Sempre Milan, Aouna explained that the Rossoneri were intent on bringing Ziyech to Serie A.

The Moroccan international only joined Chelsea last summer in a £33.3m (Sky Sports) move from Ajax.

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His maiden campaign was slightly underwhelming, boosted by the Blues Champions League triumph.

He managed four goals and just six assists in 39 appearances.

Compared to his final season with Ajax, where he contributed nine goals and 20 assists, fans can certainly expect more from the left-footed magic act.

Yet, Milan have apparently seen enough of Ziyech’s ability to want him at the San Siro.

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This is according to Aouna, who said: “Milan are very interested in Ziyech.

“He’s at the top of their list. But this is not an obvious issue, especially for economic reasons.

“If they manage to get him signed, he will bring them a lot of good things.”

Milan have already raided Chelsea twice this year.

Fikayo Tomori signed permanently for the Italians after a successful loan move.

Olivier Giroud’s arrival was not too far behind.

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There have also been talks of a transfer for outcast Tiemoue Bakayoko to Milan as he lives in Chelsea limbo.

It seems highly unlikely Ziyech will depart the Blues right now.

Not only because his contract runs until 2025, but the 28-year-old will feel there is unfinished business at Stamford Bridge he must attend to.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.