Chelsea are wondering whether they will in fact sign Ajax midfielder Edson Alvarez after his showdown transfer meeting with Ajax.
The Blues have enjoyed a busy end to the summer transfer window, with Mexican star Alvarez among their top final targets. Chelsea have submitted a £43million bid for the 24-year-old, only to face rejection.
Indeed, Ajax have made £181million from player sales this summer and have firmly put their foot down.
Alvarez is consequently looking to force his move to Stamford Bridge as a great career opportunity presents itself.
According to the latest from De Telegraaf, though, serious doubt now shrouds the proposed transfer.
Ajax chiefs Gerry Hamstra and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar have held a meeting with Alvarez. In the meeting, the pair told the player that they will not ‘cooperate’ to facilitate Alvarez’s move.
Hamstra and Huntelaar reiterated that they feel head coach Alfred Schreuder has lost too many players.
And while losing another star player would take their incomings to over £200million, the club have stopped thinking about business opportunities and turned their focus to on-field success.
But Alvarez has not taken kindly to the meeting. He feels it is ‘unfair’ that so many other players have got moves before him.
He ‘fears’ that another chance to move to Chelsea – or a similar opportunity – may not arise for him again.
Alvarez missed training on Thursday morning in a bid to force the transfer to Stamford Bridge.
In the meantime, Ajax have confirmed the arrival of defensive midfielder Florian Grillitsch. The Austrian, who was a free agent after leaving Hoffenheim, has signed a one-year deal at the Eredivisie club, who have an option on him for two years.
But still, Ajax are refusing to let go of Alvarez.
Ajax standing firm over Alvarez
Ajax’s most lucrative departure is Antony, who has gone to Manchester United in an £84million move. He too skipped training to force his move.
In midfield, the headline exit is that of Ryan Gravenberch to Bayern Munich, although Zakaria Labyad has also gone.
As such, losing Alvarez too – despite the addition of Grillitsch – is not on Ajax’s agenda.
Alvarez, who already has 55 Mexico caps at the age of 24, has played 107 times for Ajax.
Chipping in with nine goals and five assists in that time, his contract runs out in 2025.
Chelsea need midfielder deal
Chelsea have already bolstered their midfield this summer with two young talents, but they could do with getting Alvarez over the line.
There are doubts as to whether N’Golo Kante and Jorginho will stay. Both have been the bedrock of the Blues’ midfield for a while, but both have also entered the final year of their deals.
Furthermore, Mateo Kovacic – who has made it a solid trio – has two years left on his deal.
Kante has links with Paris Saint-Germain, while Jorginho has long been touted for a return to Serie A.
As such, Chelsea need a senior midfielder in now and Alvarez fits the bill. He is a senior international with lots of experience up his belt. And that includes Champions League and Europa League experience.