According to 90min, Ajax midfielder Edson Alvarez has declined to train with the squad on Thursday as he pursues a transfer to Chelsea.
On Wednesday night, the Blues submitted a bid for the 24-year-old Mexico international worth €50 million (£43 million). Alvarez is rumored to be desperate to play in the Premier League.
Alvarez, who earlier this summer witnessed Ajax reject a €40 million offer from Newcastle, is now pleading with his current employers to accept what he sees as a reasonable offer from Chelsea, which may give him the opportunity to realize his ambition of playing in England
Alvarez has refused to train with Ajax on Thursday morning, aiding his efforts to quit the team, according to sources who told stechitegist that the midfielder’s agents are doing everything in their power to persuade Ajax to accept a trade.
Ajax has not yet responded to Chelsea’s offer, leading both the Blues and Alvarez to believe that the Dutch team might be persuaded to accept a deal.
The fact that the Dutch transfer window is currently closed presents a problem for Chelsea. The Dutch FA’s failure to align their window with the rest of Europe was due to a procedural error, therefore if Ajax decided to sell Alvarez on Thursday, they would be unable to sign a replacement.
However, negotiations between the two teams are still ongoing, and Alvarez is doing his part to attempt to close a deal.
The future of Alvarez and current Blues midfielder Conor Gallagher may be connected. Thomas Tuchel has made it clear that he wants to keep the young England international, but Gallagher has a number of Premier League suitors, including Crystal Palace, who are expected to demand that any deal to bring Wilfried Zaha to Stamford Bridge include the 22-year-old on loan.
As Brighton currently has Levi Colwill on loan from Chelsea and is not allowed to loan more than one player from the same team, they are interested in signing Billy Gilmour on a permanent basis.
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