In a stunning development, it has been revealed that Chelsea's Hakim Ziyech is on the verge of completing a move to Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr, while Kalidou Koulibaly is also closing in on a transfer to the Middle East, according to exclusive information obtained by 90min.
Chelsea is actively seeking to generate funds this summer, partly in response to significant spending in recent transfer windows and also to facilitate further business in the current year. As a result, Ziyech and Koulibaly are among a group of players made available for transfer by the Blues.
During recent meetings in Saudi Arabia between Blues co-owner Todd Boehly and several football officials, the topic of Chelsea's surplus players was discussed. In a swift response, sources have confirmed to 90min that Ziyech will be the first Chelsea player to make the move to the Middle East this summer.
Ziyech has reportedly agreed to a three-year contract with Al-Nassr, where he will join forces with Cristiano Ronaldo. The Moroccan midfielder is expected to undergo a medical examination shortly before finalizing the deal.
Meanwhile, negotiations are progressing regarding Kalidou Koulibaly's move to Al-Hilal. The former Napoli center-back has rejected a loan move back to Serie A in favor of a permanent transfer to Saudi Arabia.
While personal terms are being finalized, a three-year contract extension until 2026 has been proposed to the 31-year-old defender.
In addition to Ziyech and Koulibaly, Saudi officials continue discussions with the representatives of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. While no agreements have been reached as of yet, sources close to Chelsea express confidence that both players will depart for Saudi Arabia.
Although Romelu Lukaku has been targeted, the Belgian forward is determined to continue his career in Europe. Similarly, while Callum Hudson-Odoi has been discussed, he currently has no interest in a move to the Middle East.