The player in question is Ajax’s Mohammed Kudus.
Ben Jacobs stated last week that 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.
However, a fresh update on the situation suggests that a deal may not be so easy for the Blues to wrap up.
According to reports on Friday, Kudus would prefer to join Arsenal over Chelsea due to the offer of Champions League football.
Elsewhere, when speaking to Ajax Life, Ajax sporting director Sven Mislintat says there has been contact over signing Kudus but no official bid has been submitted:
“There are clubs that have informally enquired about him,” he said. “I don’t expect an offer very soon, although you know that things can be different in the football world. Perhaps the interest in not as serious as everyone thinks.”
In terms of a transfer fee, a sum of around £40m would apparently be enough to convince Ajax to sell.