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Chelsea forward agrees shock move ahead of transfer deadline as Potter trims squad

Hakim Ziyech has agreed a move to leave Chelsea and is now set to join Paris Saint-Germain before the transfer deadline, according to reports.

The Morocco international has spent three underwhelming years at Stamford Bridge after a £33million move from Ajax in 2020.

The 29-year-old won the Eredivisie at Ajax and helped the Dutch team reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, but has flattered to deceive in west London.

Ziyech has failed to impress several Chelsea managers and started only four Premier League matches this campaign.

His game-time will only suffer more after the January arrival of Mykhailo Mudryk, who completed a £89million transfer move from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Ziyech conceded during the World Cup that he could leave Chelsea in January and the player is closing in on a winter move to PSG.

According to reports in France, Ziyech has agreed to join PSG, who are currently in advanced talks with Chelsea over a deal.

Both teams are optimistic of reaching an agreement, with Chelsea keen to raise some funds after a heavy period of spending under Todd Boehly.

The Blues have spent more than £450m on new signings since Boehly purchased the club, signing up to seven players in January alone.

Chelsea are also on the verge of making World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez the most expensive signing in the Premier League history as they close in on a £115m deal with Benfica.

While Ziyech has struggled at Stamford Bridge, he impressed at the Qatar World Cup, helping Morocco become the first African country to reach the semi-finals.

Jose Mourinho’s Roma and Chelsea’s Premier League rivals Newcastle have also been linked with Ziyech but he now looks set to join players like Lionel Messi and Neymar at PSG.

Former Chelsea head coach Ruud Gullit says Ziyech can still develop into a ‘top player’ and believes he has been played out of position by the club.

‘The way Ziyech plays for Morocco, I’ve never seen him play for Chelsea. It’s not just him,’ Gullit said earlier in the month. ‘I think Chelsea have put him in positions that don’t suit him at times. He just needs to play on that right side.

‘I wonder… I think he comes into his own in Spain, I think. I have the impression that he has never reached the level of Ajax in England.

‘I would like to see him in Spain. He can reach the top. He would also fit well in the Barcelona team.’

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