CHELSEA have reportedly rejected a loan offer from AC Milan for Hakim Ziyech.
The attacking midfielder, who sealed a £36.7million move to Stamford Bridge from Ajax in July 2020, has fallen out of favour after a difficult first year in the Premier League.
Ziyech only netted six goals in 39 appearances across all competitions last term.
Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz, Mason Mount and Timo Werner are all thought to be ahead of the forward, it seems his chances of playing under Thomas Tuchel are looking slim.
The 28-year-old has been heavily linked with a Milan move for several weeks over the summer.
Now Calciomercato claims the Blues have snubbed an attempt from the Serie A club to sign the Moroccan international on loan.
And that Chelsea are only interested in doing business if it is a permanent transfer.
The two sides enjoy warm relations after the recent move that took Olivier Giroud to Italy from West London.
Tuchel has so far failed to land a new forward after his advances were turned down by Inter ace Romelu Lukaku.
And his No1 target Erling Haaland looks set to stay at Borussia Dortmund.
But it seems he remains confident he will get a new man in as Chelsea are preparing to slash their asking price for Tammy Abraham, as we exclusively reported yesterday.
That’s after struggling to find any clubs willing to pay £40million for the England star.
Arsenal, West Ham and Aston Villa have all shown an interest in snapping up the 23-year-old.
But they have made it clear they do not have the budget to meet the current valuation.
And the Blues are so keen to move Abraham on to help finance a bid for their own striker this summer they are now reluctantly having to consider reducing their demands by at least £5m.
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