Chelsea reached a verbal agreement over a summer transfer deal for Ajax star

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Chelsea have reportedly reached a verbal deal over a summer transfer deal for Ajax ace Hakim Ziyech, according to breaking news in Holland.

The Morocco international playmaker is now being tipped to ‘almost certainly’ make a move to Stamford Bridge for £37.8million ahead of next campaign, according to De Telegraaf.

Hakim Ziyech should be an excellent signing for the Blues, who remain in need of a long-term replacement for Eden Hazard after losing the Belgian maestro to Real Madrid last summer.

At the time, the Blues were under a transfer ban and unable to bring in the signings needed to help cover for Eden Hazard, with manager Frank Lampard relying on inconsistent young prospects like Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic this season.

Hakim Ziyech, though, is proven at the highest level after some dazzling displays in the Eredivisie and, most notably, the Champions League, having helped Ajax reach the semi-finals of the competition last campaign.

The 26-year-old ace played a starring role for Ajax as they beat some big names to come within just seconds of reaching the Champions League final, only for a last-ditch Tottenham goal in the second leg of their semi-final clash.

Chelsea supporters will hope Hakim Ziyech can now come in this summer and give Frank Lampard the boost he needs after a challenging first campaign in charge.