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Chelsea agree transfer fee for Ajax playmaker


Chelsea have reached an agreement with Dutch giant over the transfer of mercurial winger, Hakim Ziyech. The Blues made effort to sign the player from Ajax during the winter transfer window, but Ajax rejected their bid.

Negotiations continued after the closure of the winter window and an agreement was reached on Wednesday, with both clubs now taking to their ​official websites to confirm that the Moroccan will move to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

The deal is worth an initial €40m, but can rise to €44m through a number of variables and add-ons.

​Chelsea had the perfect chance to scout Ziyech earlier in the season when the two sides met in the ​Champions League. During the 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge, he finished with three assists and completely dominated the game, and Chelsea were obviously impressed.

Ziyech will represent the first arrival in Stamford bridge since their transfer ban was halved by Court of Arbitration for Sport CAS, late last year. The Morrocan is also the first player to arrive Stamford Bridge under Frank Lampard.

The addition of Ziyech will give Lampard more attacking options as the player is quiet comfortable anywhere in the front three and he can also operate in central midfield.

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