Journalist Dean Jones has claimed that Everton are keeping an eye on proceedings at Chelsea in terms of Hakim Ziyech potentially becoming available.
Everton manager Frank Lampard was the man who brought Hakim Ziyech to England when he was in charge at Stamford Bridge and described the Moroccan winger as a “top-class player”. There have been reports stating that Chelsea are willing to listen to offers for the winger after he made just 14 starts in the Premier League last season.
Having signed Ziyech from Ajax for a deal worth £33m, Lampard evidently rates him highly, albeit the budget at Everton will differ greatly.
With Lampard being a fan of Ziyech, Jones claimed to GiveMeSport that Everton will be keeping an eye on him in terms of a possible exit from Stamford Bridge.
He said: “The changes at Chelsea are likely to lead to Ziyech looking for a new club, and Everton are one side keeping an eye on the terms around any exit.
“Generally, Frank Lampard is being linked with all the homegrown players from Chelsea, but I’ve been told he’ll be interested in Ziyech too if the player is keen to stay in the Premier League.”
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TIF Thoughts on Jones’ comments…
Everton are in need of some heavy recruitment in the summer transfer window after a poor season last term, and the Moroccan ‘sensation’ could be a good option for Lampard as he is someone who has not featured regularly since his move to Chelsea, so he might be keen on going somewhere he is more appreciated while being able to remain in the Premier League.
However, Ziyech is someone who has great experience playing in European competitions, so he might not be keen to drop out of a side playing in Europe to join a club that finished just four points above the drop zone last term.