Chelsea make a late £43m bid for Ajax's Edson Alvarez... but the Dutch side are reluctant to lose the defensive midfielder, who is keen on a move to Stamford Bridge
- Chelsea are interested in signing Ajax defensive midfielder Edson Alvarez
- The Dutch champions are refusing to sell any more of their squad this window
- The Blues have pulled out of a move for Anthony Gordon over the asking price
- A deal for Dinamo Moscow midfielder Arsen Zakharyan is also being held up
Chelsea have offered £43million for Ajax defensive midfielder Edson Alvarez.
The Dutch champions are refusing to sell any more of their squad this window. However, Mexico international Alvarez, 24, wants Ajax to consider the offer as he fears the chance to move to Chelsea may not arise again.
Chelsea have offered £43million for Ajax's defensive midfielder Edson Alvarez
The Dutch transfer window closes earlier than the rest of Europe at 11pm UK time on Wednesday.
Chelsea have made their move amid injuries to N'Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek while Mateo Kovacic is just returning to fitness. They have rebuffed offers for Conor Gallagher so far with over seven Premier League clubs showing interest, including Aston Villa and Crystal Palace.
Chelsea have pulled out of a move for Everton's Anthony Gordon over the asking price. They are interested in Rafael Leao at AC Milan but are continuing talks with Barcelona for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
A deal for Dinamo Moscow midfielder Arsen Zakharyan (right) is being held up by red tape
A deal for 19-year-old Dinamo Moscow midfielder Arsen Zakharyan is being held up by red tape.
Zakharyan scored nine goals and registered nine assists in 34 appearances for Dynamo last season, and has already been linked with a number of high-profile clubs.
Should the deal go through, it would further mark Chelsea's policy of signing highly-rated young players after already securing the likes of Omari Hutchinson, Gabriel Slonina and Carney Chukwuemeka this summer.
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