A former transfer target of Tottenham Hotspur’s is set for a summer move to Chelsea.
Reports have claimed that Ajax schemer Hakim Ziyech is heading for Stamford Bridge after the teams struck a £38 million deal, with Erik ten Hag all but confirming the move last night (Daily Mail).
The star is finally being rewarded for his fine form over the past couple of years with a move to the Premier League, having been linked with England the past few windows.
It is thought Ziyech will become a replacement for Spanish winger Pedro, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
One team that were frequently linked with Ziyech with Spurs.
As recently as last month, former midfielder Rafael van der Vaart urged the club to make a move for the Morocco international, describing him as ‘the perfect player’ for Tottenham (Express).
Spurs appear set to miss out Ziyech, meaning there could now be an onus on recent signing Steven Bergwijn to shine.
TBR’s view – Bergwijn under the microscope
Given his constant links to Spurs, fans will likely be watching his progress closely next season.
Arguably, his move to Stamford Bridge will place more emphasis on Bergwijn to show fans there is no need for regret.
As a new winger signing from the Dutch league, comparisons to Ziyech could be inevitable, so it’s important for Bergwijn to justify the club’s decision not to push for the 26-year-old.