£43m target will be allowed to leave in winter window, but late Chelsea business could scupper transfer

Ajax midfielder Edson Alvarez will be allowed to join Chelsea in the next transfer window if the Premier League club come knocking for the player, according to a report.

Chelsea pushed to try and sign the Mexican all this week, but their efforts were met with stern resistance. The Blues in fact lodged a £43m bid for the 24-year-old, only to see the offer turned down.

What is more the player himself was understood to be keen on a move to London. So much so that he reportedly was left furious at seeing a dream move blocked.

Ajax were not prepared to sanction a late deal because the Dutch transfer window closed on Wednesday and they would have not been able to land a replacement.

Alvarez was told in a meeting with Ajax technical manager Gerry Hamstra and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar  in no uncertain terms he would not be allowed to leave.

Alvarez was upset that a number of high-profile players were allowed to depart, but he was being denied the opportunity.

Indeed, Ajax have made over £180m from player sales this summer and they decided enough was enough.

Antony and Lisandro Martinez were sold to Manchester United, Sebastian Haller went to Borussia Dortmund, Ryan Gravenberch to Bayern Munich and Nicolas Tagliafico was sold to Lyon.

That left Alvarez with nowhere to go, although De Telegraaf report the player will be granted his wish in January. Of course the move will depend on whether Chelsea return for the player.

Denis Zakaria signed instead of Edson Alvarez

The Dutch outlet claim Ajax “is open” to a winter move for the El Tri star.

Whether or not Thomas Tuchel will pursue the former Club America man is now the question.

Chelsea were busy on deadline day buying Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Denis Zakaria. Tuchel did reluctantly sanction the sale of Billy Gilmour to Brighton. But Zakaria’s arrival certainly looks like the replacement deal for ALvarez.

Tuchel has made it clear that Zakaria’s versatility was a key component in his arrival from Turin. Like Alvarez, the Swiss star, can play as a centre-back as well as his natural defensive midfield role.

Zakaria is only on loan though, so he could be shipped off back to Serie A next summer. But it still may be that the ship has sailed for Alvarez, who might be kicking himself in the next window.