Chelsea's Hakim Ziyech could be set for a loan move in January, with German side Borussia Dortmund among the clubs interested in a potential deal.
The Moroccan forward has struggled for game time under Thomas Tuchel, even more so this season after starting just two matches so far in the Premier League.
Ziyech moved to Stamford Bridge in 2020 for a fee of £38 million, arriving with a huge reputation in Holland after being Ajax's creative fulcrum for many years.
Just 17 Premier League appearances later, it's fair to say that he is yet to deliver on the promise he showed back in the Eredivisie - or in the Champions League for that matter.
So far this term, German manager Tuchel has chiefly relied upon the likes of Kai Havertz, Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi in the wide attacking positions.
Even when Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner were struck down with injuries last month, Ziyech still struggled to nail down a starting berth.
With that in mind, some reports are linking the 28-year-old with a move away from West London.
According to German outlet Bild, Borussia Dortmund could be one of the clubs lying in wait to sign the creative midfielder - should he be made available.
The most logical exit in January would be a temporary loan move, as Ziyech's primary motivation for doing so, as per Bild, would be to try and force his way back into the Morrocan National Team ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
The former Ajax star hasn't been called up since June, mainly due to his lack of first-team involvement for Chelsea.
Borussia Dortmund is a team that could - in theory at least - really benefit from Ziyech's unique skillset. With injuries mounting for Marco Rose, bringing in a creator to provide for the likes of Erling Haaland and Donyell Malan appears to make a great deal of sense - on paper at least.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are finally starting to see the best of Kai Havertz and Callum Hudson-Odoi, whose impressive recent form makes Ziyech's task of breaking into the first team even more difficult.
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