Chelsea transfer news: Leeds “could be offered to Hakim Ziyech” in the Ravenha swap deal | football | sports
It was reported that Chelsea may offer Hakim Ziyech to Leeds in a surprise swap deal for Ravenha. The Blues are one of several names vying to sign the Brazil international, who was the subject of Arsenal’s inaugural bid earlier this week.
The Gunners are believed to be in the driving seat to sign the 25-year-old and a second bid could arrive in the coming days.
But other clubs cannot be ruled out at this point including Tottenham and Chelsea, with cash-strapped Barcelona facing the prospect of being left behind.
According to CBS Sports’ Ben Jacobs, Chelsea will likely offer Ziyech in exchange for Ravenha given the alleged white interest in Morocco.
Tell the football balcony: “Don’t be surprised if Chelsea offer their interest if they introduce Hakim Ziyech into the equation because my understanding from speaking to Leeds sources separate from Ravenha is that Ziyech, if he left Chelsea, was a player on their radar.
Cody Gakbo from PSV Eindhoven is another interesting name. The Dutch winger is worth about 30 million pounds.
Meanwhile, Chelsea were apparently in the driver’s seat for Ravenha before they faced penalties for their ties to Roman Abramovich.
Ziyech is one of the players actively looking to move to this summer after two seasons in West London.
Despite a number of notable contributions, the playmaker has struggled with consistency since arriving in the Premier League.
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Hypothetically, partially offloading him against Raphinha would make perfect sense since he could help the whites redeem their star.
The 29-year-old scored just four goals and three assists in the Premier League last season, raising doubts over whether he will see his way into the starting line-up for Thomas Tuchel.
Leeds have already done business with Chelsea recently after signing Louis Butt from the Blues for £1.5m.
Leeds are believed to favor a direct cash deal for Raphinha to bolster their summer transfer budget.