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Chelsea strongly star tipped for Ajax return once high-profile Premier League sale goes through

Hakim Ziyech, Raheem Sterling, Chelsea, November 2022

Ajax are reportedly looking to bring a frustrated Chelsea star back to the club before the summer transfer window shuts but only after they offload midfielder Mohamed Kudus.

The Dutch giants are set to sell the highly-rated midfielder this summer, with Chelsea’s Premier League rivals Brighton at the front of the queue for his signature.

There have been reports that Kudus is holding out for Borussia Dortmund to make a bid for his services, but he is expected to offloaded before September 1.

And, according to analyst Hans Kraay Jr, Ajax will then target a return to the club for winger Hakim Ziyech.

The 30-year-old is still at Stamford Bridge after seeing a switch to Saudi Arabia collapse after failing a medical when a move had already been agreed.

There’s been no interest in him since and Ziyech finds himself firmly out of the picture under Mauricio Pochettino, with the Blues not even bothering to give the Moroccan a squad number.

That is a very clear and obvious sign that the player is no longer wanted, with his agents working to find the attacker another club.

And Kraay jr believes that club could be Ajax, if the dominoes fall in the right direction.

“Hakim Ziyech has not received a number at Chelsea and his transfer has been rejected a few times,” Kraay told ESPN, relayed by Ajax Fanatics.

“I can imagine that Ajax, if Mohammed Kudus leaves, will report to Ziyech. He can hang on the right wing and play on ten.”

Ziyech enjoyed starring role at Ajax

Ziyech spent four years at Ajax before joining Chelsea, scoring an impressive 50 goals in 165 appearances for the Dutch giants.

However, things have not gone so well in west London, with the former FC Twente forward notching just 14 times in 107 outings for the Blues.

At this stage, the only reason why Pochettino might look to keep Ziyech around is the injury suffered by summer signing Christopher Nkunku.

The forward is expected to be out for some time after suffering a knee injury in pre-season which has required surgery.

Pochettino’s men get their Premier League campaign underway on Sunday with the visit of Chelsea to Stamford Bridge.

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