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Chelsea table £50m bid for defensive midfielder as player tells side he wants out

The Blues are looking to add a midfielder before deadline day

Chelsea have tabled a £50m bid for Ajax midfielder Edson Alvarez as they look to add a midfielder to their ranks before Thursday’s transfer deadline, with the player having told the Amsterdam outfit that he would like to leave.

The Blues have suffered a poor start to the season, and midfield is a key area which Thomas Tuchel is looking to strengthen in before the deadline, with attack also an area needing work.

And, they have made their move following another disappointing loss to Southampton, letting Ajax know that they are willing to stump up £50m for the Mexican. Alvarez has been at Ajax since 2019, and has made over 100 appearances for the Amsterdam outfit, while he has also racked up 55 National team appearances.


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As per Dutch outlet Telegraaf, “after Alvarez was previously not allowed to go to Stade Rennes and Newcastle United, the midfielder now wants to leave. He wonders if an opportunity like this will ever come along. In the Premier League, he can earn four times the already generous salary at Ajax”.

“Alvarez demands that Ajax enter into talks with Chelsea”, the outlet claims.

However, they add, the Mexican will, in an ideal world not be allowed to leave, with Ajax having already lost much of their squad this summer. Ryan Gravenberch have both joined Bayern Munich, while Andre Onana left for Inter Milan.

Additionally, Manchester United have swooped for manager Erik ten Hag plus duo Antony and Lisandro Martinez. And, with the transfer deadline in the Netherlands a day earlier than the Premier League, should Alvarez depart there will be no chance to replace him.

However, £50m could well sway them, as they have already taken in record fees this summer.

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Ben Browning

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