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Chelsea made £50m for the Ajax star (Pictures: Getty)

Ajax star Edson Alvarez is looking to push through a move to Chelsea after Blues owner Todd Boehly launched a £50m move for the Mexico international.

Dutch outlet De Telegraaf report that Chelsea made a £50m offer for Alvarez on Wednesday, just after the Premier League defeat to Southampton and 24 hours before the transfer window closed.

It is claimed that Alvarez, who can play as a defensive midfielder or centre-back, is keen to join the Premier League club after pushing for a move from Ajax earlier in the summer.

Ajax stopped the 24-year-old from joining Newcastle United and Rennes earlier in the window but are now under even greater pressure to secure a deal.

Alvarez sees a major career opportunity in a move to Chelsea and could earn four times what he currently does in Amsterdam at Stamford Bridge.

As a result, the Mexico star has urged Ajax to start talks with Chelsea and reach an agreement ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Alvarez has made 107 appearances for Ajax since signing from Mexican side Club America in 2019 and has 58 caps for Mexico.

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Chelsea have already spent more than £200m this summer, bringing the likes of Wesley Fofana, Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly to Stamford Bridge.

But Blues boss Thomas Tuchel and new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly are keen to continue their spending spree before the window closes tomorrow night.

Fofana became the latest big-money signing in west London this week and said he made the move from Leicester City to fight for big trophies.

“The last two days have been really great for me and I’m very happy,” said the French defender.

“I trained with the team this morning and it’s a dream for me. I’m really looking forward to playing games for the fans and the club.

“I’m here to win trophies – the Champions League, the Premier League, the FA Cup, the Carabao Cup, everything. I came here to win and the club is built to win trophies so I’m here to continue that.

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