According to reports from the Netherlands, Edson Alvarez has missed training at Ajax to push through his €50m move to Chelsea.
Chelsea are looking to bolster Thomas Tuchel’s midfield options and his attempt to sign Ibrahim Sangare from PSV was denied this week.
Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz is also on Chelsea’s radar. The club would reportedly accept an offer of £20million as the Brazilian has entered the final year of his contract.
According to De Telegraaf, Chelsea have made Ajax a €50m (£43.2m) offer for Alvarez and the Mexico international is keen on a move to Stamford Bridge.
The report claims that Alvarez skipped Thursday’s Ajax training session to push through a move ahead of the 11pm Premier League transfer deadline.
It’s also claimed that Alvarez remains hopeful that Ajax will negotiate with Chelsea as they haven’t turned down their offer and told the club he wants to secure his ‘dream’ move to Stamford Bridge.
Alvarez’s former team-mate Antony used a similar tactic to push through his £85m move to Manchester United this week.
The Brazilian winger refused to train with Ajax last month and missed his last two Eredivisie games before a deal was finally agreed with United on Sunday.
However, Ajax are in a different position from last weekend as they are now unable to sign a replacement for Alvarez as the Eredivisie transfer window closed on Wednesday due to an administrative error.
Alvarez was a key player for Ajax and his behavior is not welcomed by head coach Alfred Schreuder, who criticized Antony for striking to force his move to United.
“I don’t think it’s good that it’s possible in our club. When you’re Ajax, it’s just awful that this is happening,” Schreuder told Ziggo on Monday.
‘I spoke to him about it. If you’re disappointed for a day or two, I understand that, but eventually you’ll be a pro. Then I said: ‘I’ll continue with the guys who are there’.
“At a certain point you get angry about how… what are we doing? The bigger picture looks frustrated at you as a coach but also at how you stand in the world. Then I think: ‘You’re just a player, you just have to do your thing’.
“But my personal feeling is that it’s just bad.”
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