The Athletic have revealed that Tottenham Hotspur enquired to Chelsea about signing Hakim Ziyech on loan during the January transfer window.
Tottenham strengthened their attack with the acquisition of Arnaut Danjuma on loan in January, with the North London club also loaning Bryan Gil to Sevilla.
Ahead of the transfer window, it had been reported that Ziyech was one of the attacking options on Antonio Conte’s radar, with TodoFichajes claiming back in September that Spurs were willing to pay £20m for the Moroccan in January.
AC Milan (Gazzetta dello Sport) and Newcastle United (The Telegraph) were also subsequently credited with an interest in Ziyech but the 29-year-old stayed put at Stamford Bridge. A loan move to PSG also collapsed on deadline day for the winger (SkySports).
The Athletic have now explained that Spurs did explore a loan move for the former Ajax man during last month’s transfer window but it is revealed that Chelsea were initially not keen to let him go.
The report adds that the Blues changed their stance on Ziyech a couple of weeks later but the Lilywhites had already moved on by that time.
Spurs Web Opinion
Signing Ziyech (or someone like Zaniolo) would have made a lot more sense for Tottenham as we ideally needed someone to cover for Dejan Kulusevski on the right. However, the club probably viewed the opportunity to sign a player of Danjuma’s quality on loan, as too good to pass up.
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