'Could be done': Chelsea may include Lampard signing in swap deal to get £43m midfielder - journalist

Chelsea could reportedly look to include Hakim Ziyech in a deal for Ajax’s Edson Alvarez.

Ziyech, 29, is a Blues player that has fallen massively out of favour at Stamford Bridge. In fact, he’s made just seven appearances across all competitions so far this season.

The Moroccan winger, who was a Frank Lampard signing at Chelsea back in 2020, is even linked with a move away from West London.

Calciomercato recently claimed that Ziyech is keen on leaving the club and would welcome a move to interested buyers AC Milan.

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Hakim Ziyech for Edson Alvarez

Well-respected journalist Simon Phillips has suggested that Chelsea could look to include Ziyech as part of a swap deal to get Ajax midfielder Alvarez.

Phillips told GIVEMESPORT: “AC Milan and Ajax are both still interested in [Ziyech], and Chelsea still have an interest in Edson Alvarez from Ajax, so something could be done there.”

Sky Sports reported back in the summer window that Chelsea made a £43million offer to sign Alvarez, who did end up staying in Amsterdam for this season.

Fabrizio Romano recently shared Chelsea do still want to sign Ajax’s 25-year-old defensive midfielder, but completing a deal for him in January could prove very tough.

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This obviously wouldn’t be a like-for-like swap when you look at the positions of Ziyech and Alvarez on the pitch, but perhaps it’s one that could be beneficial for both Chelsea and Ajax.

It looks like the Blues will need a new midfielder enforcer in the near future, especially as N’Golo Kante and Jorginho are out of contract at the end of the season.

The Mexico international looks a really combative midfielder that has great experience in both the Eredivisie and Champions League.

Meanwhile, Ziyech needs a fresh start in his career. He was previously brilliant in Ajax colours before he signed for Chelsea, so a return to his old club does make sense.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.