Edson Alvarez has been left frustrated with Ajax after being told that he will not be able to leave the Amsterdam club before the English transfer deadline this evening amid interest from Chelsea.
The Mexican midfielder was subject to a 50m euro offer from the Blues, and skipped training with his current club in an attempt to force through a move away, but will not be able to leave this summer, with the transfer window in the Netherlands having slammed shut on Wednesday night.
Not even the proposed addition of Florian Grillitsch in central midfield will persuade Ajax, who have already lost seven players this summer.
Ryan Gravenberch and Nasser Mazrouai have both joined Bayern Munich, while Andre Onana left for Inter Milan.
Sebastien Haller joined Borussia Dortmund, and Nicolas Tagliafico left for Lyon.
Additionally, Manchester United have swooped for manager Erik ten Hag plus duo Antony and Lisandro Martinez.
Dutch outlet Telegraaf report that the Dutch club “do not want to cooperate because the Dutch transfer market is closed and Ajax can no longer get a replacement. Moreover, they believe that the new trainer Alfred Schreuder has already lost too many basic players.”
However, they add, that “despite the refusal of Hamstra and Huntelaar, Alvarez has not completely given up hope for Chelsea”, with Thomas Tuchel pushing to add a midfielder to his squad.
50m euros would make him the fifth most-expensive sale in the history of the club, following the departures of Frenkie de Jong, Lisandro Martinez, Matthijs de Ligt and Antony, whose move was confirmed today.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are set to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to bolster their frontline, taking their total summer spending above the previous record set by Real Madrid in 2019.