Fabrizio Romano claims player's Chelsea exit collapsed due to asking price
Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech failed to secure a summer return to Ajax after the London club refused to budge from their asking price.
Many expected the 29-year-old to leave Stamford Bridge following rumours of his potential return to Ajax.
Ajax, who at the time had agreed to sell Antony to Manchester United, were looking for a replacement, and reports suggested that Thomas Tuchel was open to selling Ziyech.
However, in the end, the rumoured move did not materialise.
According to Romano, it had to do with Chelsea’s high asking price for the winger.
“Ziyech’s deal with Ajax collapsed because Chelsea were demanding a €35million (£30.1m) fee for the Moroccan,” the Italian transfer expert told Caught Offside.
“Ajax wanted a loan with a buy option deal, also because Hakim had opened up the possibility of returning to the Eredivisie.
“But Chelsea only wanted a definitive transfer, so the deal was never close despite rumours.”
Chelsea’s new ownership group have proved that they would not hesitate to offload of out-of-favour players, such as Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku, on relatively low prices.
This suggests that the club have not completely given up on Ziyech despite their willingness to negotiate a potential sale.
Callum Hudson-Odoi’s late loan exit might have played a part as well since losing two wingers on the deadline day could prove problematic during the season.
Aside from Kai Havertz, Ziyech is also the only other left-footed attacker at Tuchel’s disposal, so tactically, keeping him is arguably a sensible decision in the end.