Tottenham Hotspur and PSG among clubs chasing Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech
Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) are among a plethora of clubs keeping tabs on Hakim Ziyech’s situation at Chelsea, as per French outlet Jeunes Footeux.
The Morocco international, who starred for his country at the 2022 FIFA World Cup where they managed a fourth-place finish, wants to leave Stamford Bridge. It’s not just about Graham Potter.
Ziyech has struggled to become a pinned starter under any Blues boss ever since he arrived from Ajax in 2020. Things, however, have been pretty bad this season, with Ziyech playing just 569 minutes of league football so far.
Fulham, West Ham United, Real Betis, Sevilla, Fenerbahçe and Besiktas are also said to be interested in the 30-year-old. Now, there are pros and cons to chasing him.
Pros; Ziyech is magical on his day. The Moroccan playmaker can make something out of nothing in the final third with his silky dribbling ability and a vision to match his beautiful passing skills.
The con here would be that he is 30. Handing a potentially big contract to the former Ajax man can be a bit risky in that regard. And it’s not as much of a con as it is a hurdle, but it would be a surprise if Chelsea let Spurs strengthen their team at their expense.
This could be a chance for the Blues to make some money out of a player they don’t use, but to let him join Spurs would not go down well with their fans. Among the other clubs interested in him, Spurs can fancy their chances.
Apart from PSG, Tottenham would represent a more lucrative project for him if we can hand him as much playing time as a club like West Ham or Betis would promise. We can use a No. 10 in this team while Hakim Ziyech can also double up as a winger and even a central midfielder if needed.
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If the deal is feasible, let’s make Ziyech the first senior Chelsea player that Spurs have signed (not as a free agent) since Gustavo Poyet’s arrival in the summer of 2001.