AC MILAN are reportedly in talks with Chelsea about snapping up Hakim Ziyech on a season-long loan deal.
The 29-year-old, who still has three years left on his contract, will be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge after being deemed surplus to requirements.
Despite chipping in with eight goals and six assists in 44 games last campaign, the Morocco international started just 14 times in the Premier League.
His role in West London would be even more limited next term should the Blues wrap up the £60million signing of Manchester City's Raheem Sterling.
And the ex-Ajax star, who can play as a winger or attacking midfielder, is now keen to leave Chelsea in search of regular first team football.
It was claimed last week Ziyech had handed in a transfer request in his bid to link up with Milan.
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But according to Tuttomercatoweb, a loan deal is in the works with Milan and Chelsea in negotiations over the player.
They state that the former FC Twente man is desperate to join the Serie A champions.
The only concern is his £5million-a-year salary, with it said Chelsea will have to pay part of his wages or the player will have to agree to a pay cut.
Chelsea are hoping Milan agree to a loan with an option to buy as they look to recoup the £33million they forked out on him in 2020.
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Should Ziyech make the move to Milan, he would be joined by ex-Chelsea team-mate Romelu Lukaku after he joined the Rossoneri's city rivals Inter on loan.
Lukaku was mobbed by fans as he completed his medical on Wednesday.
Speaking after his move was confirmed, he said: "My family and I were so happy here thanks to the people, the fans and my team-mates.
"From the first day I arrived here, everyone helped me settle in. I'm very happy.
"I kept my home here when I went to England, so that means something. I'm pleased to be back and now I can't wait to get out there with my team-mates.
"It's an amazing feeling. What we achieved here a year ago was fantastic. That goes for the team, the fans and also me personally.
"Inter have given me so much and I hope to do even better than last time. It's now time to work hard as a squad and hopefully do even better than before."
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