On Monday night, there were rumours that PSG had begun negotiations to sign Hakim Ziyech, who was free to leave Chelsea.
It was asserted in France that Chelsea were being “greedy” during discussions, despite the fact that it was understood that any transfer would be a simple loan.
The exchange of paperwork between the required parties was prolonged as a result of the ensuing delays, but it appears that the transfer would still proceed as scheduled.
That is, until it was discovered that Chelsea personnel had repeatedly supplied the incorrect document, preventing the sale from being processed by the established deadlines.
Now that it is largely believed that PSG’s attempts were unsuccessful, Ziyech will certainly fall far lower on the priority list when he returns to Chelsea.
L’Equipe claims that Chelsea attorneys repeatedly sent paperwork back to PSG without the required signature, and by the time the error was fixed, the deadline had already passed.
It was reportedly described as “a Class A circus” by a another source who spoke to The Athletic, and another told Sky Sports News journalist Kaveh Solhekol that PSG are unlikely to do business with Chelsea again.
Ziyech is now in a situation where his playing time will probably be restricted for the rest of 2022–23, even if PSG is undoubtedly well-positioned to handle the situation if they are unable to sign him to their roster.
Noni Madueke, Mykhaylo Mudryk, and Joao Felix were all acquired by Chelsea to increase their presence in the final third, and they will all be given preference over Ziyech when making selections.
It is unclear if Ziyech will remain in the permitted group or miss the remainder of the club’s European games because Chelsea is only allowed to make three changes to its Champions League roster.