Having made a late push for his favors, PSG have successfully agreed a loan with Chelsea for Hakim Ziyech, a move that was seemingly unlocked by our success in getting the Enzo Fernández deal agreed — even though he plays a fairly different position.
According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, it’s a simple six-month loan for the second half of the season, without any further options or obligations — though perhaps with the implicit possibility of a more permanent arrangement in the summer. PSG are paying some unspecified amount as a loan fee and are presumably also covering Ziyech’s not inconsiderable wages (which were a stumbling block for many other suitors, especially from Serie A).
Seeing Ziyech link up with the likes of Messi, Mbappé, and Neymar could be quite fun from a neutral perspective, and perhaps he can help them go deep in the Champions League. He may have been inconsistent in Chelsea Blue, but at his best, he’s very much a difference-maker and game-winner.
Good luck, Hakim!
EXCL: PSG have reached agreement with Chelsea to sign Hakim Ziyech on loan until summer. Deal not signed but in place + includes a fee but no option to buy. AC Milan, Roma, RB Leipzig & PL clubs were also interested @TheAthleticFC #CFC #PSG #DeadlineDay https://t.co/hdGW7Yt5oA— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) January 31, 2023