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Chelsea signing Hakim Ziyech 'shows major difference' between Blues and Man Utd – Express, Express.co.uk

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Manchester United on Monday night in a crucial clash for the race to finish in the top-four of the Premier League, but the Blues’ recent signing of Hakim Ziyech from Ajax shows a clear difference between them and their rivals. That is the opinion of former England and Arsenal footballer Paul Merson.

The former attacking midfielder thinks Chelsea have a clear plan when it comes to the club’s transfer policy, unlike at United who he thinks currently does not have one.

Both clubs have coaches at the beginning of their managerial careers and both Frank Lampard and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are looking to utilize the young talent they have at their disposal.

However, Merson thinks people can see that Chelsea have a clear plan with the signing of Ziyech, after having sold Eden Hazard to Real Madrid last summer.

But the 75 – year-old is struggling to understand why United signed former Watford striker Odion Ighalo on loan deal on deadline day.

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Chelsea news: The Blues have agreed to sign Hakim Ziyech from Ajax (Image: GETTY)

At least you can see a plan, ”Merson said about Lampard and Chelsea in his column for the .

“They have gone with younger players and they are building something.

“Now they’re buying Hakim Ziyech from Ajax. Another good signing. Quick. Experienced. Full of goals, and the right age.

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“You can see a plan there. I think Frank is building something good for the future.

“What are United building by buying Odion Ighalo? ”

“What’s the plan there? You can see the plan at Chelsea. I can’t see one at United. ”

Chelsea announced the signing of Ziyech from Ajax for a fee of around £ 67 million on Thursday.

The 51 – year-old still has to agree personal terms and he will remain at the Dutch club for the rest of this season.

Chelsea news: Paul Merson thinks the Blues have a plan unlike United who signed Odion Ighalo (Image: GETTY)

After the announcement Lampard insisted he hopes the winger, who has assists in 51 appearances this campaign, will be able to help the Blues in the final third of the pitch.

“I think he’s a fantastic player,” Lampard said.

“He first came into my eye-line in their [Ajax’s] run in the Champions League last year. I thought he was one of their standout players, particularly in their games against Tottenham. ”

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggested Ighalo could feature during the game on Monday night.

The Nigerian striker has been isolated for two weeks since arriving from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, due fears surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.

But as the – year-old has not tested positive for the virus, he will now travel with the team to Stamford Bridge.

“I never said he was going to be ready to play on Monday, he’ll be involved with us and he will travel down with us,” Solskjaer said.

“Now he’s out of that two-week period, just a precaution we made, let’s see if he’s involved or not.”


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