There will be talks between Chelsea and Ajax for a potential January deal for Edson Alvarez as the Dutch club are now open to selling the young midfielder, according to De Telegraaf’s Mike Verweij.
Having reportedly skipped training in an attempt to force a deadline-day move to Chelsea, the 24-year-old eventually remains at Ajax.
To be fair, Eredivisie transfer window’s being closed a day earlier than many other top European leagues put Ajax in a difficult spot.
Even if they were to accept the €50million (£43.3m) that Chelsea reportedly offered for Alvarez, they would not have been able to use the funds to bring in a replacement.
His being under contract until 2025 meant the Eredivisie champions had the final say.
As a result, Ajax reportedly decided not to sell the Mexico international, despite the player’s clear desire to leave.
Was it the end of the Alvarez transfer saga? According to Dutch journalist Verweij, no.
Speaking on De Telegraaf’s Kick-Off podcast, Verweij claims that Alvarez is devastated by the outcome, but the young midfielder may still be able to get his wish.
It seems that Ajax were not entirely against selling Alvarez, who has already had two assists in three Eredivisie games.
“A winter transfer is possible. There will be talks with Chelsea in the coming days,” the journalist explained.
“Now he just wants to make that transfer to Chelsea. If a club comes along that is willing to pay €50m(£43.3m) for you and wants to give you €10m (£8.6m) net a year — he wanted to leave.
“He was pretty broken.”
As the report suggests, the Blues might restart the negotiations over a potential January deal for Alvarez.
However, Chelsea have also managed to identify and signed a replacement, albeit on loan, in Juventus’ Denis Zakaria on the deadline day.
Although, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante’s having entered the final year of their contract at Stamford Bridge means Chelsea may need to bring in replacements soon.