Everton are willing to pay up to £25 million for Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech in January, as per Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solhekol (h/t @FootballDaily).
The Morocco international has struggled for playing time this season, starting just four Premier League games so far. He was part of the Morocco team that finished fourth in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The 29-year-old is still seen by many as a quality playmaker with the ability to make a difference in the final third. A move to Goodison Park could prove to be useful for both parties.
Everton will get a seasoned player with two-and-a-half years of experience in England's top flight. For Ziyech, it could be an opportunity to play regularly and make the most of the remainder of his prime years.
@footballdaily One source claims Everton are willing to pay up to £20m for Hakim Ziyech
The club claim there has been no official bid
One source claims Everton are willing to pay up to £20m for Hakim ZiyechThe club claim there has been no official bid[via @SkyKaveh🔵 One source claims Everton are willing to pay up to £20m for Hakim Ziyech ❌ The club claim there has been no official bid[via @SkyKaveh] https://t.co/v82wHCTWJZ
According to Solhekol, the Toffees have shown an interest in the player but haven't come up with a bid yet. He said:"Here's information from one source that Everton were willing to pay up to 25 million for [Hakim] Ziyech. Everton are saying there's been no official bid. Again, would he want to move from Chelsea and the Champions League to a club in Everton's position?"
The Merseyside-based outfit are in 19th position after 20 league games, having amassed just 15 points so far. Chelsea are 10th but have a Champions League round-of-16 date with Borussia Dortmund.
They have also invested heavily in their squad, spending close to £460 million on transfers under new owner Todd Boehly. Everton, meanwhile, are without a permanent manager after sacking Frank Lampard earlier this week.
It remains to be seen if Ziyech is willing to test himself in the lower echelons of the Premier League. The 2020 Eredivisie 'Player of the Year' has two-and-a-half years left on his deal at Stamford Bridge.
According to the Telegraph (h/t Liverpool Echo), Chelsea are monitoring midfielder Amadou Onana's situation at Everton.
Amadou Onana has not reported to training today at Everton even though Leighton Baines and Paul Tait are taking the session.
Rumours are he had singing lessons booked.
Amadou Onana has not reported to training today at Everton even though Leighton Baines and Paul Tait are taking the session.Rumours are he had singing lessons booked. https://t.co/fKDwWJAEje
The Belgium international arrived at Goodison Park this summer for a fee of £33 million. He has since been a regular feature in their first-team set-up, scoring once and assisting another goal in 18 league games.
It remains to be seen if the 21-year-old will be seduced by a move to Stamford Bridge, where manager Graham Potter could use young blood in his midfield. Jorginho and N'Golo Kante, both 31, are on the decline and could leave as free agents this summer.
Conor Gallagher, meanwhile, has been deemed expendable if the price is right. Hence, a move for Onana, who still has four-and-a-half years left on his contract, could make sense for the west London giants.
Edited by Aniket Rai