Report: Manchester United's board are blocking Ten Hag from trying to sign £33m Chelsea player

Reports have claimed that Manchester United are going against their manager’s ambitions to sign Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech.

According to Manchester Evening News, Erik ten Hag is keen for a reunion with the former Ajax man, however his new employers are hesitant to back him towards a deal.

The pair worked together in the Eredivisie to great success, with them coming incredibly close to a Champions League final in 2019 during their fantastic campaign.

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The 29-year-old quickly became Chelsea’s first signing under Frank Lampard following the transfer embargo put under the club, with him joining for £33m.

He was expected to continue his rise to the top of European football, and has won the previously-elusive Champions League during his time at Stamford Bridge.

Ten Hag really wants Ziyech

However, he has struggled to establish himself as a starter, especially since the hiring of Thomas Tuchel at the helm.

Manchester Evening News has claimed that this has left Ten Hag keen to sign the left-footed forward, seeing him as a cheaper alternative to Antony who they are set to be priced out of, also from Ajax.

Despite his interest, it appears the club are not looking to fund a bid for the Chelsea man, who has been struggling with his hopes to get away from the club this summer.

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AC Milan were heavily favoured to be in for a move for the Moroccan, with the Serie A champions keen to hold off competition for their title this year.

While it was unclear whether it would be permanently or on loan, the winger was reportedly pushing to leave due to his lack of gametime, as well as an apparent falling out with Tuchel.

Relations with the German has also been mentioned as the reason behind the sale of Timo Werner, who has already been granted his wish to leave the club and return to RB Leipzig.

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.