Dutch-born Moroccan midfielder Hakim Ziyech will join Chelsea from Ajax this summer in a €40 million ($43.4 million) deal, Chelsea confirmed in a statement on their official club website on Thursday.
Chelsea Football Club has reached an agreement with Ajax to sign Hakim Ziyech this summer. The move is subject to the player agreeing on personal terms and he will remain at the Dutch club for the rest of this season,” the London club said in a statement.
Ziyech will join the Premier League club on July 1, 2020. He is a left-footed attacker who is comfortable playing off the right flank and coming inside or on the left to attack with width and deliver into the box, as he has done to such devastating effect for Ajax in recent years.
The Eredivisie outfit said in a statement: “The clubs have agreed on a deal of €40 million but this sum could potentially increase to a maximum of €44 million, with variable factors.” The announcement ends days of speculation over the future of attacking midfielder, who joined Ajax in 2016 from fellow Eredivisie club FC Twente for a fee of 11 million euros.
Ajax enjoyed their best season in a generation, last term, with 26-year-old often at the forefront. Real Madrid and Juventus were the sides they sensationally eliminated in the Champions League knockout stages as Ziyech scored in both legs against the holders, including a typically composed finish to open the scoring at the Bernabeu.