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Barcelona want Chelsea striker on loan | shoot

Chelsea are flying high at the top of the Premier League with Thomas Tuchel’s strong squad currently on pole position to win their first league title since 2017.

But the German’s strength has meant that some of his top talents have had to wait patiently for their chances.

One of them is Hakim Ziyech, who has only played two Premier League games this season due to an injury and the good form of his teammates.

The Moroccan international has had a stop-start career since arriving in summer 2020 as he also missed part of his first season due to injury.

However, according to Spanish Outlet Sport, Ziyech could face a new challenge that could end a frustrating spell at Stamford Bridge.

Ziyech had limited playing time at Chelsea.

The report says the striker is on a list of transfer targets for FC Barcelona in January as new boss Xavi looks to join his squad.

It is believed that Chelsea could be ready to strike a deal with the financially troubled Catalan club by allowing Ziyech to be loaned out with an option to buy.

The 28-year-old made a name for himself at Ajax, where he scored 49 goals in 165 games between 2016 and 2020.

Barcelona are aiming to strengthen their strikers’ line after losing Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann in the summer while Sergio Agüero is currently sidelined with a possible heart condition.

This has given Memphis Depay and 19-year-old Ansu Fati much of the responsibility for scorers.

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