By George Overhill

25th Jan, 2023 | 7:40pm

Chelsea to decide on Hakim Ziyech future as Everton chase deal, Roma and Newcastle fall back - Fabrizio Romano

Chelsea are set to decide the future of Everton target Hakim Ziyech this week as rival clubs Roma and Newcastle have fallen back, Fabrizio Romano reports.

With the Stamford Bridge side spending heavily once again this month outgoings are expected before the close of the window, and the Toffees have “asked for” Moroccan winger Ziyech.

Newcastle were also interested in the 29-year-old, who has been in and out of the team in West London, but their move for Everton’s own Anthony Gordon has turned them away, while Roma apparently can’t afford the move.

In his BetVictor transfer blog Romano wrote: “The transfer market is now into the final days and Chelsea will be probably the busiest team in the last of the transfer window with many possible moves for the Blues.

“Hakim Ziyech is on the list of many clubs as last minute opportunity, as Everton and AS Roma have asked for the Moroccan star but it’s too expensive for the Italian club at the moment.

“The race is open, Chelsea will decide on Ziyech and Conor Gallagher future later this week while Newcastle are more focused on Anthony Gordon from Everton than Ziyech as top target for that position, as things stand.”

At last?

With doors shutting in Everton’s face left and right so far this window, before Arnaut Danjuma came in then turned around and left for Tottenham, this might finally be one that falls in the club’s favour.

Roma must really be strapped for cash if they can’t afford a move that the Toffees are still in the running for, and surely any player coming in is going to want to know what the plan is for a new manager.

The deal may hinge on Gordon, with an exit apparently expected to St James’ Park which would bring in a lot of money [Football Transfers, 25 January].

The links between Everton and Ziyech were strong in the summer when his former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was in charge.

But despite the manager being sacked by Farhad Moshiri on Monday Romano hasn’t ruled the club out of the race.

The former Ajax man has one of the best left feet in the Premier League and could certainly put the ball on Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s head if the striker can stay fit.

But if Marcelo Bielsa is the club’s top choice to come in at manager, losing one of the top flight’s fastest players in Gordon to bring in a player who isn’t known for pace isn’t going to convince the Argentinian to take the job.