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Tottenham given transfer green light to pursue signing of £100k-a-week star Todd Boehly wants gone at Chelsea

Christian Eriksen future. Antonio Conte, Tottenham manager, pictured here during his time in charge of Italy - is being linked with a move

Tottenham are reportedly giving serious thought to the signing of an unwanted Chelsea star in January amid claims Todd Boehly has decided the player he is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have invested heavily since the American and his consortium took charge at the Premier League giants. Indeed, Chelsea invested around £270m on new players over the summer, with Raheem Sterling, Marc Cucurella and Wesley Fofana all costing in excess of £50m.

And their total outlay is the most spent by a Premier League during a single transfer window.

However, it seems the Boehly and Chelsea are not yet done. And while they are showing massive signs of improvement following Graham Potter’s arrival, the new manager will be granted more funds to spend in January.

Top of his list of targets is likely to be a new midfielder, with doubts emerging over three current stars. Indeed, the Blues are running the risk of losing both N’Golo Kante and Jorginho if the latest reports are accurate.

Speculation also surrounds the future of Mason Mount, with the player perhaps unfairly judged by some.

One man they are keen on – and would fit in with the Chelsea mantra at spending heavily – is Jude Bellingham.  The Borussia Dortmund star, though, finds himself a man in huge demand and is fee is likely to be around the £100m mark.

The Blues, though, are capable of spending such amounts and are also reportedly looking at Rafael Leao to boost their forward line. Chelsea are also reportedly among the sides considering a swoop for Kylian Mbappe amid claims he’s looking to leave PSG.

Chelsea ready to sell Hakim Ziyech to Tottenham

However, the Blues know they may also need to remove their squad of its deadwood to finance such a spree. One man who has struggled to impose himself at Stamford Bridge is Hakim Ziyech, who was made just seven appearances so far this season.

After struggling to impress under Thomas Tuchel, he has been given a greater chance to showcase his talents to Potter.

However, the Moroccan has still only managed 174 minutes of senior football this season. As such, 90min now report that Ziyech is free to leave Chelsea in the January transfer window.

Having cost Chelsea £33m from Ajax back in summer 2020, he has failed to recapture his consistent best for the Blues.

They tried to offload the £100,000 a week star back in the summer, with AC Milan and former club Ajax hot on his trail. But Chelsea’s asking price – they were reportedly seeking around £25m for the 29-year-old – put them off his trail.

Spurs were also reportedly considering an approach for Ziyech, though Chelsea were unwilling to sanction his sale to a direct rival at the time.

However, their stance has reportedly now changed and they would not stand in his way were Tottenham to make a fresh approach.

Boss Antonio Conte is reportedly a big admirer of the player and wants to add more creativity to his attacking midfield. Spurs have options aplenty for attackers and tough central midfielders. However, Ziyech – with his ability to operate as a No 10 – can certainly offer something different.

Ziyech needs to get away from Chelsea

At 29 years of age, Ziyech needs an urgent move away from Chelsea. These should be his prime years but he’s yet to show consistency for the Blues. Now under his third manager at Stamford Bridge, he just needs a coach who believes in him and plays him regularly.

And while competition will be equally as tough at Tottenham, who might just find more of a role at Tottenham.

He certainly offers something different to the other attack-minded stars at Tottenham. Harry Kane is obviously the club’s talisman, with Heung-min Son, Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison rotated alongside him.

And while Son is not adverse to dropping deep, Ziyech can spot that eye for a pass and create openings like few others in the game.

Should the price be right, a January move might be in the best interests of all parties.

As a great man-manager, Conte might just be able to get a tune out of Ziyech and illustrate why Chelsea forked out £33m in the first place.

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