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Lampard gets his man


Hakim Ziyech

Hakim Ziyech

Hakim Ziyech

Chelsea have agreed a deal for the summer signing of Hakim Ziyech from Ajax.

The Blues must now confirm personal terms with the Morocco winger, who will join Chelsea on July 1 for an initial fee of E40million.

Both Chelsea and Ajax confirmed the deal, with Frank Lampard securing his first signing as Stamford Bridge boss.

Lampard and Chelsea were unable to make any headway on recruitment in the January transfer window, leaving the manager frustrated not to bolster his squad.

Ziyech, who was named Dutch footballer of the year in 2018, was one of Lampard's top targets however and Chelsea have moved quickly to lock down a deal for the 26-year-old, which should represent excellent value given market constraints.

"Chelsea Football Club has reached an agreement with Ajax to sign Hakim Ziyech this summer," read a club statement. "The move is subject to the player agreeing personal terms and he will remain at the Dutch club for the rest of this season."

Ziyech has laid on more than 20 goals in each of the last three seasons, already teeing up 21 at Ajax this term. In his 160 matches for the Dutch side, the Moroccan has scored 49 goals.

And Lampard wants the pacy winger to add an extra dimension to his Stamford Bridge squad.