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AC Milan hoping to opportunistically snatch Hakim Ziyech on loan from Chelsea — report

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Hakim Ziyech’s less than impressive first season at Chelsea has led to some speculation that he could be on his way out already, though those rumors have largely ebbed away in recent weeks as we get closer and closer to the start of the new season and preseason.

Still, the transfer window is open for a couple more months, and teams like AC Milan could be keeping an eye on things just in case. And that’s precisely what Corriere dello Sport (via Sempre Milan and Sport Witness) are reporting today, claiming that Ziyech is at the top of Milan’s wishlist to replace Hakan Calhanoglu, but that the Rossoneri are hoping to “snatch” the 28-year-old in an “opportunistic” loan swoop towards the end of the summer. While Chelsea are said to be happy to let Ziyech go already, we’re not looking to loan him out — but Milan are hoping Chelsea’s stance “softens” in that regard.

That all sounds rather optimistic, but given all the business we’re doing with Milan — Tomori done, Giroud soon, maybe Bakayoko? — this story will probably pop up a few more times before the end of August.