Report: Chelsea still have 'strong' interest in signing 24-year-old, he previously wanted move to the Bridge

Reports suggest that Chelsea still hold a strong interest in completing a deal to sign Ajax midfielder Edson Alvarez.

According to The Athletic, the Blues have the Mexican international at the top of their list for midfield recruitment, with Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice also being considered.

Blues fans will recall the club’s deadline day efforts to sign Alvarez, with the player even skipping training on the final day of the transfer window to force a move to Stamford Bridge.

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Him leaving would have been disastrous for the Dutch champions, with them already losing Antony and Lisandro Martinez, as well as manager Erik ten Hag to Manchester United over the summer.

Alvarez remained in the Netherlands for now at least, although The Athletic have claimed that the Blues are likely to be back in for him in the coming months, with them still holding a great interest in securing a deal.

Chelsea want Alvarez

With his previous desire to join the Blues, it is likely that the 24-year-old is still keen on a move, especially after his clubs damning 6-1 defeat at home to Napoli in the Champions League last night.

With the future of Chelsea’s midfield currently unclear, it is very likely that they will need to invest in that position.

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It has been claimed that superstar N’golo Kante is currently at deadlock in negotiations over a new deal, with him requesting a longer deal than Todd Boehly is currently willing to offer.

Jorginho’s future is also unclear, with the Italy international also yet to put pen to paper over extending his stay in West London.

There have been reports that some at the club are fearful that the Blues man is in the process of running down his contract, in order to return to Italy on a free transfer.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.