€15m Ziyech fee looks increasingly hopeful for Milan as forward shines in Qatar

We’ve been enjoying Hakim Ziyech’s starring role in Morocco’s impressive showing at the World Cup.

It’s not just because we want him to raise his value and earn Chelsea more money. We’re genuinely happy to see a guy who has really struggled at our club play well and enjoy his footbal.

If anything, his good form is now hurting his immediate chances of a move.

SportWitness report on claims from Italy that AC Milan – the team who have been linked with the attacker for more than a year – are hoping to secure a loan with a €15m purchase option.

A month ago that would have seemed just about reasonable. Now, after a starring role for his team in Qatar, it’s hard to see us agreeing to anything below €20m at the bare minimum.

Rather than playing his way into a move that he and Chelsea both want, we might enter a strange reality where he plays himself out of one.