A thriving World Cup star wanted by Liverpool and Arsenal, among others, has been labelled a “bomb”, a “machine” and “very complete” by a close observer.
The World Cup often presents an opportunity for those struggling at club level to prove their critics wrong. Transfers can be made on the back of impressive displays on the biggest stage, and one player who’s grasping his chance to shine is Ghana’s Mohammed Kudus.
The 22-year-old has two in two for Ghana in Qatar (prior to the third round of matches in Group H), and is catching the eye of the Premier League’s big hitters.
Kudus can play virtually anywhere across the frontline, though is most dangerous in central positions.
He plies his trade for Ajax at club level, though his 14 Eredivisie appearances have comprised just 500 minutes of action. In that time, he’s bagged five goals to show he’s equally as dangerous from the bench.
Liverpool and Arsenal have both been linked of late. Indeed, Dutch outlet De Telegraaf reported Jurgen Klopp is keen and Kudus could be viewed as the long-term successor to Roberto Firmino.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are seeking reinforcements in the final third as they prepare to re-engage their title challenge. Kudus was reportedly valued at just £15m over the summer when Everton came calling, though his price tag has since more than doubled.
Speaking exclusively to TEAMtalk, our transfer insider, Graeme Bailey, detailed the growing interest in Kudus.
Four of ‘big seven’ want Kudus
“Few players at the World Cup have enhanced their reputation more than Ghana’s Mohammed Kudus,” Bailey said.
“Let’s get this right, no club will buy a player solely based on his two World Cup performances so far. But with Kudus starting just five league games for Ajax this season, it has given clubs the chance to see him play at the top level, and they have loved what they have seen.
“The great thing with him is going forward. And various clubs see him in different ways from a wideman, to a centre-forward even a CAM. His versatility is a huge draw.
“Sources close to Ajax have confirmed a lot of interest from England. Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Newcastle all like him. But I am also hearing the likes of Borussia Dortmund are keen too.”
Now, speaking to Radio Marca, Kudus’ Ghanaian teammate, Inaki Williams, has claimed the 22-year-old is growing too big for Ajax.
Williams delivered a series of massive compliments Kudus’ way, and reiterated he has what it takes to play for those at the very top.
Arsenal, Liverpool target surprised Williams
“When I played with him during the last international period before the World Cup, Kudus surprised me a lot,” Williams told Radio Marca.
“My teammates at Athletic Bilbao often ask me who impresses me in the national team. I always mention his name.”
Williams added: “Ajax is becoming too small (for him). Hopefully, he will soon make the step up to a big club.
“I would have liked him to have a Basque relative who could take him to Bilbao!
“He is a bomb. A machine. He is already very complete, although there is still room for development due to his age.
“Yes (he can play for Barcelona or Real Madrid). I see him playing in a great club. He has plenty of potential and a great margin for improvement. I think he may be a revelation.”
If Kudus is sold in January, Ajax are expected to demand in excess of £30m.
“It is strange to think that Everton almost got Kudus for just £15m in the summer, only for Ajax to back off,” Bailey told TEAMtalk earlier this week.
“And now they are asking more than double that, and there are clubs looking look like they could pay it.”