By Abasi Ita
Hakim Ziyech’s move to Saudi Arabia is at potential risk of collapse following a stalemate in contractual negotiations
between both parties.
The Moroccan star successfully underwent medicals at Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr, but issues arose concerning his medical fitness which forced a fresh negotiations of the contract.
Chelsea is however hopeful the deal will scale through having determined to offload majority of the old guard at Stamford Bridge.
The Moroccan has been deemed surplus to the requirements at Stamford Bridge for a long time. He was on the verge of joining PSG on an initial loan at the back end of the January transfer window but the move crashed when the French champions failed to register him by the Ligue 1 deadline.
Ziyech was reported to have agreed on terms for a three-year contract at Al Nassr, where he would become a teammate of Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, after traveling to Saudi Arabia to finalize the deal, an issue arose during the winger’s medicals, and Al Nassr tried to alter their contract offer.
Ziyech was set to be the third Chelsea player sold to the Saudi Pro League in the last week. Kalidou Koulibaly left for Al Hilal on Sunday, while Edouard Mendy’s move to Al Ahli was confirmed last week.
N’Golo Kante has officially joined Saudi Pro League Champions, Al Ittihad following the expiration of his contract at Samford Bridge last Saturday. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount are also perfecting their exit from Stamford Bridge to join AC Milan and Manchester United.