AC Milan to open discussions over Chelsea midfielder Hakim Ziyech

Chelsea midfielder Hakim Ziyech could potentially be on his way to new pastures this summer as Serie A champions AC Milan are said to be tracking the Moroccan international.

Ziyech, 29, has has a torrid time at Stamford Bridge since his arrival two summers ago from Dutch giants AFC Ajax, and the former SC Heerenveen academy graduate could be on his way to northern Italy if Milan can come to terms with Chelsea.

Transfer insider Fabrizio Romano reported earlier tonight that Ziyech is undoubtedly open to moving on from the Blues this summer and that Milan could be primed to lodge a formal bid for the midfielder as they have grown in confidence after discussions have continued over the last week.

With Chelsea pushing for Leeds United’s Brazilian winger Raphinha as well as Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, while potentially viewing former Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembélé as a backup option, Thomas Tuchel seems perfectly content with allowing Ziyech to walk away from a frustrating two-year spell at the club.

The Dutch-born Moroccan managed just 83-appearances across all competitions in two seasons, while only mustering 14-goals and 10-assists in the process.

This came in stark contrast to his level of contribution seen at both Ajax and Twente Enschede during six brilliant seasons in the Eredivisie where he hit a combined 83-goals and 110-assists in 240-appearances both domestically and in Europe.

Even if Chelsea fail in their attempt to secure Raphinha, it has become painfully clear that Ziyech is not a key piece of the puzzle under Tuchel moving forward, and could possibly find better hunting grounds at the San Siro.

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