Hakim Ziyech could be offered a chance to revive his flagging fortunes with a loan move to AC Milan (opens in a new tab) in the January transfer window.
The attacking midfielder has made just five appearances for Chelsea (opens in a new tab) this season and only one start, in the 2-1 defeat at Southampton (opens in a new tab) end of August.
According Tutomercatoweb (opens in a new tab)Milan have already made contact with the Blues bosses but talks between them are still in their infancy.
Originally signed by Frank Lampard, Ziyech has been in and out of the squad under replacement Thomas Tuchel and has seen limited action since Graham Potter’s appointment.
The Chelsea side have no shortage of attacking options, with major signings Raheem Sterling and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left on the bench for Saturday’s 3-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers. (opens in a new tab).
Ziyech made a brief appearance, replacing Kai Havertz late in the second half, with just four minutes of regulation time remaining.
He struggled to find a rhythm with restricted playing time, starting just 14 Premier League appearances last season.
Since moving to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2020, Ziyech has failed to establish himself in the Chelsea squad, falling short of the impressive form he showed at previous club Ajax . (opens in a new tab).
The Morocco international became their main creative spark under Erik ten Hag, scoring 21 goals and registering 24 assists in 49 games in his penultimate season.
His exploits helped them reclaim the Eredivisie title and the Dutch Cup, as well as reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League, where they were knocked out by the remarkable comeback of Tottenham Hotspur.
A €40m deal has been agreed for the talented Ziyech, who has agreed personal terms on a lucrative five-year contract.
With more than half of his contract still to run, the 29-year-old could be set to join Milan as the reigning Serie A champions look to retain their crown.