Report: £100k-a-week Chelsea player now very close to leaving Stamford Bridge on loan in January

Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech is reportedly close to joining Italian giants AC Milan on loan.

Ziyech, 29, is a Blues attacker that’s not played a lot of football in the first half of the season.

The winger only featured in nine of Chelsea’s 21 games this campaign before the winter break to make room for the ongoing World Cup tournament.

He’s part of the Morocco side competing at the World Cup and played 90 minutes in their goalless draw against Croatia earlier this week.

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Ziyech close to loan

According to 90min, Ziyech could be close to leaving Stamford Bridge on a temporary basis in January.

It is understood that Milan have retained interest in the £100,000-a-week Blues man after considering him on a permanent transfer in the summer.

The report explains the Serie A reigning champions are prepared to reignite their interest and the player is actually “inching closer” to a move to the San Siro on loan.

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If Graham Potter doesn’t consider Ziyech as a big player in his plans, a move certainly does make sense for the player.

Potter did take a good look at most of his squad during his opening two months in charge, but Ziyech immediately became someone pushed down the pecking order in attacking positions.

The former Ajax man is individually very skilful and has a wand of a left foot.

It’s not quite worked out for him in English football like many expected, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him shine in AC Milan colours. Former Chelsea duo Olivier Giroud and Fikayo Tomori are both loving life as Milan players.

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