Chelsea close to agreeing terms with Arsenal transfer target

Arsenal look set to miss out on a player to their London rivals.

The player in question is Ajax’s Mohammed Kudus.

The 22-year-old scored 18 and assisted seven in 42 games across all competitions for Ajax last season.

He is a natural no.10 but can play on the right flank and up front, making him an excellent rotation option for his team.

Such impressive form and versatility has attracted the attention of two Premier League clubs in the form of Chelsea and Arsenal.

But as per Ben Jacobs, Chelsea are close to agreeing personal terms with the midfielder:

“Chelsea have registered their interest in Ajax midfielder Mohammed Kudus and are even close to agreeing personal terms. But no offer has been placed yet,” Jacobs said.

“Kudus is one of a number of attacking midfield options, including Celta Vigo’s Gabri Veiga. He is appreciated because he can play centrally or out wide and scored 18 goals and got seven assists in all competitions last season.

“Kudus is under contract at Ajax until 2025 and is keen to leave. He has already rejected a one-year extension back in April.

“The Arsenal interest is genuine as well, although they won’t move prior to outgoings. They made contact a couple of weeks ago. Brighton are also in the race. Kudus is going to cost about £40m. I think if Chelsea sell Conor Gallagher they will move quickly for an attack-minded midfielder. West Ham have seen a bid rejected for Gallagher for around £40m. He has got plenty of minutes in pre-season under Mauricio Pochettino, but Chelsea will sell if the price is right.”

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