Chelsea new signing Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner are officially now Chelsea players.
The Morocco international’s €40m (£33.4m) move from Ajax which could potentially increase to a maximum of €44m was agreed shortly after the January transfer window closed.
Meanwhile, the Blues won the race for Werner ahead of Liverpool and Manchester United by triggering the£47.5m release clause in his contract at RB Leipzig. Both deals went through on July 1, 2020 and they can begin training with their new teammates.
This is because Werner – who wore no.11 for Leipzig – could be waiting for Pedro to complete his move to Roma and Ziyech might be waiting for Willian to vacate the no.10 shirt.
No.10: Eden Hazard has now gone. The player was out of contract at the end of the 2019/2020 season and since completed his move to Real Madrid following over a year of speculation regarding his future
according to France Football who claim that the Gunners have made the best offer to the Brazil international in terms of salary.
In addition, the report states that Willian has an offer of a three-year contract on the table from the 2020 FA Cup winners with the option to extend by a further year, thus he is expected to join the north London outfit.
Part of the moving on process will be to ensure the no.10 shirt – that would be vacant if Willian leaves – is taken by another player of the first-team squad.
There’s a number of candidates to take it on – including Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Meanwhile, Kai Havertz could be in with a shout if he completes a £90m transfer this summer.
And that’s it, you’re all set.
But Hakim Ziyech seems destined to take it after completing his £33.4m transfer from Ajax last month.
The Morocco international is training with the Blues’ first-team squad, although he’s yet to be allocated a squad number which could be a result of waiting for a decision on Willian’s future.
Given the no.22 is currently taken at Chelsea and his previous history with the no.10 shirt at Ajax, Twente and Heerenveen, it seems Ziyech is set to follow in the footsteps of Eden Hazard and Juan Mata.
— Pedro Rodríguez (@_Pedro17_) August 9, 2020
After Pedro , Willian also announced his departure from Chelsea in an open letter to the supporters. The Brazilian will almost certainly continue at Arsenal, according to English media.
Willian (32) has been on the payroll at Chelsea since 2013, which the Brazilian took over from Russia’s Anzhi Makhachkala seven years ago. The attacker grew into an important basic player at The Blues and this was also the case last season. Yet his departure had been in the air for some time. Willian only wanted to extend his expiring contract for three years and Chelsea was not willing to offer the thirty-something such a long-term commitment.
Just like Pedro, Willian therefore leaves Chelsea free of transfer. It means that newcomer Hakim Ziyech, who came over from Ajax this summer, has two competitors less for the place in the front right at the front. Where Pedro is likely to go to AS Roma, according to the English press, the future of Willian lies elsewhere in London: Arsenal is willing to let him sign for three years.
“It was a great seven years,” Willian writes. ‘When I received an offer from Chelsea in August 2013, I was convinced that this was the club where I should play. Now I am sure this was the right decision. Now is the time to move on. I leave with my head held high, knowing that I have won awards here and have always done my best in the Chelsea shirt. ‘
— Willian (@willianborges88) August 9, 2020
Chelsea new boy Hakim Ziyech will be tasked with selecting his new shirt number shortly.
The number currently belongs to Willian but the Brazilian is set to sign for Arsenal Tomorrow.
Ziyech will have his eyes on the No 10 jersey and knows if he lands the shirt, he will feel like he has a big part to play under Lampard.
He wore the No 7 at Ajax, which is currently donned by N’Golo Kante meaning the 10 is a standout option.