Chelsea have reached an agreement with RB Leipzig to sign striker Timo Werner, who is set to join the English side in July, the Premier League club announced on Thursday.
New Chelsea signing Hakim Ziyech said he was grateful his future with the Premier League club was secure before the uncertainty over football’s immediate future caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many footballer contracts are set to expire on 30 June, with some expecting to join a new club in July when the summer transfer window officially opens.
European football's paralysis results in 'very complicated situation' with regard to player contracts
The multi-billion dollar football industry is unsure when it will restart. It likely faces more uncertainty even when it does.
Premier League: Chelsea manager Frank Lampard feels creative winger Hakim Ziyech will help them 'unlock the door'
“Trying to come in the top four is the priority for us so my main concern is that," Lampard said.
Premier League: Chelsea agree deal for Ajax and Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech in close season, say reports
Ziyech, who helped Ajax win the league and Dutch Cup double last season, has seen his stock rise further in this campaign with eight goals and 18 assists in the league and Champions League.
The result means Ajax, Chelsea and Valencia are level on seven points atop Group H, with the Spaniards coming from behind to beat Lille 4-1.
Champions League: Manager Erik ten Hag believes Ajax could improve on organisation despite 3-0 win over Lille
Erik ten Hag said that despite the 3-0 result in favour of his side, Ajax could have been more organised as there was a lot of space for counter-attacks
Premier League: Ahead of Arsenal clash, Mauricio Pochettino aims to tackle new challenge at Tottenham — keeping club among elite
Against Arsenal, the Argentine wants to kickstart a new epoch that will focus on maintaining his club at the top of the English game
African Cup of Nations 2019: Hakim Ziyech's missed penalty in stoppage time proves costly as Benin stun Morocco to reach quarter-finals
Hakim Ziyech's missed stoppage-time spot-kick proved extremely costly as 10-man Benin stunned Africa Cup of Nations title contenders Morocco in a penalty shootout on Friday to reach the quarter-finals after a 1-1 draw in Cairo.
European football talking points: Bayern Munich give Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery perfect send off; Ajax clinch Eredivisie title
Bayern Munich produced a trademark swashbuckling display of football to ensure the title remained in Munich on Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery's final match for the Bavarians.
Champions League: Lucas Moura repays Mauricio Pochettino's faith to fire Tottenham Hotspur into first final
Under Mauricio Pochettino's tutelage, Lucas has been given the opportunity to play to his strengths and now reach the Champions League final — a feat PSG are still trying to achieve.
Champions League: Ajax coach Erik ten Hag proud of team after remarkable run ends with agonising defeat in semi-final
Ajax coach Erik ten Hag expressed pride in his team after seeing their rousing Champions League run come to an end in cruel fashion in the semi-final.
Champions League: Tottenham's semi-final fightback against Ajax inspired by Liverpool's comeback win, says Danny Rose
Danny Rose said Tottenham's astonishing Champions League semi-final fightback against Ajax was inspired by Liverpool's own incredible victory over Barcelona.
Champions League: Lucas Moura's hat-trick breaks Ajax hearts and propels Tottenham Hotspur into first final
Tottenham Hotspur reached the Champions League final for the first time in their history as a Lucas Moura hat-trick saw them come back from the dead to beat Ajax.
Champions League: Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos denies claims of deliberately earning yellow card against Ajax
Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos has rowed back on his suggestion he deliberately earned a yellow card against Ajax to ensure he would be banned for the second leg.
Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers: Mohamed Salah scores last-minute winner to guide Egypt past Tunisia; Morocco beat Cameroon
Mohamed Salah scored in the final minute to give Egypt a 3-2 home victory over Tunisia on Friday in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations match between two countries who have already qualified.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Amid the chaos of late goals and dramatic comebacks, elite midfielders control the narrative in Russia
If the theme of the ongoing World Cup holds true, whoever puts in a commandeering performance at the heart of the pitch will stake claim to the winner's medal.
Renard dropped another backup, Noussair Mazraoui of Ajax, but kept Oualid El Hajjam, a defender with Amiens in France, as a reserve, leaving him a squad of 24.
Europa League: Ajax victory could underline virtues of nurturing homegrown talent in big-spending Europe
The Ajax team that demolished Lyon 4-1 in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final did so with an average age of 20.