According to The Athletic's David Ornstein, Chelsea is on the verge of signing Ajax's Hakim Ziyech.
As @telegraaf Chelsea have verbal agreement with Ajax to sign Hakim Ziyech for €45m in summer. €30m release clause removed via new deal in Aug. Personal terms not done yet, likely in coming days. #CFC only club in talks with #Ajax (since Dec), developed this week @TheAthleticUK— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) February 12, 2020
The Morocco international was being scouted by the Blues and it is believed that the two parties are about to agree to personal terms in the coming days.
But now, there is a funny twist to this transfer.
Back in 2017, Ziyech admitted in an interview that signing for Arsenal would be an 'ultimate dream'.
When asked by then Ajax teammate Justin Kluivert in 2017 about his future preferences, Ziyech said: "Well, I have two clubs. They are Arsenal and Barcelona. That is my ultimate dream."
Ziyech: Which club would you like to go to in the future?— Ilias (@NicoPepe_Szn) May 18, 2019
Kluivert: Thats a good question, I like English football but my ultimate dream would be barca. And your ultimate dream?
Ziyech: Well i have 2 clubs those are Arsenal and Barcelona. Those are my ultimate dream pic.twitter.com/WuiZ45pEOJ
Arsenal is missing out on a good player if the transfer gets done, given that Ziyech already has 21 assists to his name this season for Ajax.
With the fee reported to be just €45m and with how the forward has been playing, this is an absolute steal for the 26-year-old!