Chelsea’s pursuit of Romelu Lukaku has provided AC Milan with a boost in their hopes of signing Hakim Ziyech, according to a report.
According to the latest from Calciomercato.com, Ziyech has always been Milan’s first choice to replace Hakan Calhanoglu given his tactical versatility, as he can play either as an attacking midfielder, a right winger or even as a mezzala in a 4-3-3 formation if needed.
He has struggled to settle in the Premier League and Thomas Tuchel does not consider him an indispensable player, but Chelsea – with the €130m signing of Lukaku growing nearer – need to thin out their squad and raise some funds.
Chelsea could agree to the formula of a loan with option to buy and potentially a buy-back clause included like the Brahim Diaz operation. Ziyech, along with Abraham, is one of the candidates to be sold.
Lukaku’s departure therefore represents doubly positive news for AC Milan fans: it not only weakens Inter, but also puts Chelsea in the position to sell Ziyech.