Report: Developments over 'top-class' player leaving Chelsea have occurred in last few hours, CL side want him

Reports in Italy suggest AC Milan are ready to make a move for Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech on loan.

According to Calcio Mercato, the Blues have made the Moroccan available for loan in the last few hours, with the recently crowned Italian champions rumoured to be interested.

AC Milan’s directors have now further discussed the transfer earlier today, with a move now potentially in the pipeline.

Ziyech has struggled to break into the starting eleven at Stamford Bridge, making just 23 appearances in the league last season.

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Despite a promising spell at the turn of the year, the 29-year-old failed to convert it into regular spells in the team, only scoring four and assisting three in the league.

He scored and assisted the same in cup competitions, seemingly becoming a regular in the rotated lineup which featured in those games.

This has lead to questions over his future, with it being reported his relationship with Thomas Tuchel has become fractured since the German took over.

Now though, Calcio Mercato have reported that Milan are looking to bring Ziyech in, after the Blues have become open to loaning him out this summer.

They claim the Moroccan has been offered to Milan chiefs Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara, with the player himself keen to get his career back on track.

The attacker was signed originally by Frank Lampard, who described him as “top-class” before they began working together.

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Ziyech offers the Chelsea attack something their other forwards do not. While he doesn’t have the pace of a Timo Werner or Christian Pulisic, his ability with the ball at his feet is immense, and hasn’t been utilised properly.

Similar to Mason Mount, the Moroccan should be utilised picking the ball up in space and driving, with his ability to pick the right pass an asset which his current position struggles to show.

Playing on the right leads to a lot of predictable moves from the 29-year-old, and even if it doesn’t directly lead to losing the ball, it often shuts down attacks before they even get going.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.