Chelsea’s wantaway winger Hakim Ziyech completes his Galatasaray medical ahead of Turkish Super Lig move – as new recruits Romeo Lavia and Deivid Washington undergo their own medicals at Cobham with Blues’ summer spend rising
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Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech has had a medical ahead of joining Galatasaray, while the Blues hope to confirm the arrivals of Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia and Santos forward Deivid Washington after they underwent medicals yesterday.
The Morocco international – who joined from Ajax in 2020 – has long been out of favour at Stamford Bridge, and has previously sought loan and permanent moves away from the club in a bid to find playing time and rediscover his potent form.
In January, a last-gasp loan move to Paris Saint-Germain fell through on deadline day after Chelsea failed complete the necessary paperwork to seal the deal with the Ligue 1 champions.
Earlier in the summer window, a bid to book a move to the Saudi Pro League fell through after the winger failed his medical following the discovery of a knee problem.
But as Mail Sport revealed on Wednesday, the Turkish Super Lig club are keen to move for the 30-year-old, who inches closer to a Chelsea exit.
Hakim Ziyech has completed his Galatasaray medical ahead of a move to the Turkish Super Lig
Chelsea’s latest recruit Romeo Lavia has also undergone a recent medical for his new club
Deivid Washington is the second Santos player the Blues have drafted in over this summer
The west London side have been doing efficient business recruiting in the midfield, after securing the services of Moises Caicedo for a British record £115million.
The Blues snatched the former Brighton talent from Liverpool, who were considered the frontrunners for the player’s signature after agreeing an £111m deal with the Seagulls.
But as with fellow Reds target Romeo Lavia, Chelsea ultimately triumphed, tipping their mammoth spend since the club’s May 2022 takeover to over £900m.
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The finishing touches are being applied to Lavia’s £58m deal, as the player’s current and future clubs negotiate the structure of the 19-year-old’s fee.
Liverpool had three bids rejected for the upcomer and failed to negotiate a deal that matched Southampton’s £50m asking price with their best offer of £45m still short.
Lavia indicated Chelsea was his preferred option on Monday once it became clear that the London side were willing to meet Southampton’s valuation for the midfielder.
Chelsea are looking to bring in Michael Olise after triggering his £35m release clause at Palace
Mauricio Pochettino has a number of new players at his finger tips after a very busy window
Mauricio Pochettino’s side previously agreed a £17m move for Washington, who becomes the second player from the Brazilian side to join the club during their blockbuster window, following in the footsteps of former team-mate Angelo.
Chelsea have also activated the £35m release clause of Crystal Palace star Michael Olise in a bid to bolster their ranks.
The club’s move for the France international is said to have aggravated his current side, and there are concerns at Palace that Chelsea’s potential swoop for Olise has contravened transfer rules and etiquette.
Sources have indicated the south London club have considered formally reporting their top-flight rivals for making an illegal approach, though whether they are prepared to take such a drastic step remains to be seen.
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