Chelsea are third in the Premier League table after 28 games. Only second-placed Liverpool have lost fewer games than the London giants in the league this season.
Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid are interested in Blues midfieler Hakim Ziyech. Elsewhere, the Blues have received a boost in their pursuit of West Ham United’s Declan Rice.
On that note, here’s a look at the key Chelsea transfer stories as on 26th March 2022:
Atletico Madrid interested in Hakim Ziyech
Atletico Madrid are keeping a close eye on Hakim Ziyech, according to Caught Offside via Fichajes. The Moroccan has failed to find his feet in the Premier League since joining Chelsea. The Rojiblancos are convinced that a move to the Wanda Metropolitano could work wonders for the 29-year-old.
Ziyech arrived at Stamford Bridge with a fierce reputation in the summer of 2020. The Moroccan first caught the eye with a series of assured performances for Ajax. The Blues banked on the 29-year-old to light up the Premier League. Unfortunately, things have not panned out that way for the player, who has bagged a modest return of 14 goals and eight assists in 71 games thus far.
Ziyech has so far failed to replicate his initial success at Stamford Bridge. Things have hardly improved since the arrival of manager Thomas Tuchel in January 2021.
The Moroccan has made just 11 starts in the league this campaign. He has struggled to nail down a place in the starting XI under Tuchel. The 29-year-old has shown signs of improvement this season but is yet to hit the level he showed in the Eredivisie.
The Blues are ready to consider Ziyech’s departure, with reinforcements planned for the summer. Atletico Madrid are eager to secure the services of the Moroccan. Manager Diego Simeone is confident of helping the 29-year-old regain his old form. Chelsea are unlikely to stand in his way if a decent bid is placed on the table.