Chelsea Offer £43 Million for ‘Defensive Beast’ to Bolster Their Midfield

Edson Alvarez

According to Mike Verweij of De Telegraaf, Chelsea have offered £43.2 million for Ajax midfielder Edson Alvarez, with the Mexican international keen on moving to the Premier League.

Edson Alvarez: Chelsea Launch £43 Million Bid for ‘Defensive Beast’

Ajax Midfielder to Bolster Chelsea Midfield

Chelsea have made their move for Ajax midfielder Alvarez who has been described as a “defensive beast“, with the Mexican keen to leave the Eredivisie champions after being refused moves to Newcastle United and Stade Rennais in the past.  

According to the report from Verweij, the midfielder is wondering if an opportunity like this will ever come along. If he moves to Stamford Bridge he can earn four times the salary he currently collects at the Dutch club.

With high-profile departures leaving the Dutch giants this summer, such as Antony and Lisandro Martinez, the Amsterdam club management will seemingly take the position no one else is allowed to leave. Mohammed Kudus is another player who wishes to leave Ajax and is currently refusing to train, with Everton keen on the player.

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Alvarez is demanding Ajax talk to Chelsea, who decided to step up their interest in the Mexican international after the club’s disappointing defeat to Southampton, where their midfield was overrun.

With the Mexican wanting to leave, and Kudus wanting to join him in the Premier League, it promises to be an eventful end to the transfer window in Amsterdam.

What the Mexican International Would Bring to Stamford Bridge

Alvarez has excelled at Ajax in the defensive midfield position. He has shown his excellent work rate, physicality and accurate passing throughout his time in the Eredivisie.

He is a great reader of the game, where he often blocks passing lanes where he intercepts and breaks up the play superbly. He positions himself well in front of the defence and offers a great protective screen, which would help improve a Chelsea midfield that has struggled with injuries and form so far this season.