Revealed: Why Chelsea blocked Hakim Ziyech’s outgoing transfer

Chelsea looked like they were going to sell Hakim Ziyech over the summer, but in the end, it didn’t happen.

Below, transfer reporter Fabrizio Romano has revealed exactly why it didn’t happen and why Chelsea blocked that move in the end.

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It appeared that Ziyech, as well as other Chelsea players, really wanted to leave the club this window, yet some of them didn’t get their moves away. I am sure some will be revisited in January now.

Romano has been explaining the Ziyech situation in his latest Substack newsletter, and he says that Chelsea and Ajax could not agree the deal for the winger’s return to Holland.

Ziyech’s deal with Ajax collapsed because Chelsea were demanding a €35m fee for the Moroccan,” Romano said. “Ajax wanted a loan with a buy option deal, also because Hakim had opened up the possibility of returning to the Eredivisie. But Chelsea only wanted a definitive transfer, so the deal was never close despite rumours.”

Personally, I am not a fan at all of keeping players at the club who clearly do not want to be there and I would have had him replaced early on in the summer transfer window. Let’s hope that they can just get the best out of him now regardless.