Chelsea still wants to sign Edson Alvarez, the Ajax defensive midfielder, in the January transfer window. However, all this depends on how the club performs over the next few months. Chelsea were adamant about signing the defensive midfielder in the summer transfer window. However, Ajax didn’t want another one of their central player gone after the departures of Antony, Martinez, Haller, and Tagliafico.
Edson Alvarez has made himself one of the most important players in the Ajax squad. He is a complete playmaker running riot in the Eredivisie playing in the Ajax engine. Alvarez averages 76.56 touches per 90 minutes. He sits in the depth of the mid-third and recycles possession among the attackers. Moreover, his versatility means he is a box-to-box midfielder with an attacking threat as is evident by his 5 goals for Ajax. As such, Edson will be a perfect fit for Chelsea under Graham Potter despite being a target of Thomas Tuchel.
Edson Alvarez was pushing Ajax for a move to Chelsea in the summer as well. However, Ajax didn’t sell him despite the £43 million bid from Chelsea on deadline day. Ajax didn’t let him leave because of the aforementioned reason along with the fact that they didn’t have a cover for Alvarez in the defensive midfielder position. However, the next transfer window could see him play for the Chelsea jersey. In the current transfer window, Ajax has signed Florian Grillitsch as a new defensive midfielder who could replace Alvarez in the Ajax team. This opens up the avenues for the Blues to sign Edson in the January window.
Reporter claims Chelsea owners think Alvarez is perfect for the club
According to Dean Jones reporter in GiveMeSport, Boehly and co, new Chelsea owners, have done a lot of thinking about signing Alvarez in the summer transfer window. Jones said:
“Edson Alvarez was on their mind for a lot of the time, so we’ll have to wait and see how Chelsea fare in the next couple of months”