Ajax star refuses to train today as he demands Chelsea transfer negotiations

Date published: Thursday 1st September 2022 10:20 - Joe Williams

Chelsea target Edson Alvarez looks at play

Ajax midfielder Edson Alvarez is refusing to train with the club today as he looks to force a move to Chelsea, according to reports.

The Blues have already splashed huge amounts of cash so far this summer with the Premier League club spending over £240m on new signings.

Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella, Carney Chukwuemeka and Gabriel Slonina have all joined this summer and Chelsea owner Todd Boehly isn’t done yet.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is looking likely to sign with reports Chelsea have agreed to pay Barcelona £6.8m while sending defender Marcos Alonso in the other direction.

There have been rumours this morning that Thomas Tuchel wants to bring in PSV Eindhoven midfielder Ibrahim Sangare before the deadline with Alvarez also a defensive midfield target.

And now there has been an update from De Telegraaf journalist Mike Verweij, who claims that Alvarez has skipped Ajax training today as he demands the club enter transfer negotiations with Chelsea.

The Mexico international ‘wants to make a transfer at all costs’ after the Premier League side made an offer worth €50m for the midfielder.

Alvarez ‘already has his head in London’ and ‘sees Chelsea as one of his dream clubs’ with the potential for the 24-year-old to earn €50m over five seasons at Stamford Bridge.

Verweij adds: ‘He takes hope from the fact that the English offer has not been rejected by Ajax and that there is room for negotiation.’

Former Premier League defender Alan Hutton has questioned whether a late move for Aubameyang is going to be worth the money for Chelsea.

Hutton told Football Insider: “The way Chelsea are going it might just happen.

“They seem to be linked with everybody and anybody in this transfer window. Some strange decisions but I think they do need that striker.

“With [Romelu] Lukaku leaving, I know [Raheem] Sterling has come in and hit the ground running, scoring goals. [Kai] Havertz has looked good as that false nine.

“I think if they do have that number nine they’ll start picking up results. But the fee and wages, I think they were talking about £20/£25million which is relatively high. He can keep himself fit, he’s still scoring goals but I think wages will be through the roof.

“Is it worth it? Signing him on a two or three year deal when he’s already 33 years old? It’ll be an interesting one but I do think they need a striker.”


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