Newcastle United are reportedly close to submitting a last-minute €40m bid to sign Mexican midfielder Edson Alvarez from Ajax.
According to the football journalist Kery, Newcastle United are preparing a final bid to sign 24-year-old Mexican midfielder Edson Alvarez from reigning Ajax. The Magpies are set to submit a new improved and final proposal worth €40m on transfer deadline day to entice the Eredivisie side to sell their prized asset.
Newcastle have already seen a £25million bid rejected by Ajax for the highly rated enforcer. However, it has already been reported that Eddie Howe is a big admirer of his talent and wants to bring the Mexican midfielder to St. James’ Park. This could see Newcastle chiefs make another push for the midfielder before the September 1 deadline.
Alvarez joined Ajax from Mexican side Club America in the summer of 2019 and is now proving to be a bargain, with a host of clubs interested in paying triple Ajax’s initial investment to secure his services.
The 24-year-old has proven himself to be a solid presence in front of the defense over recent seasons and is coming off his best season yet, with 41 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals in the process. In total, Alvarez has played 106 games for Ajax and is under contract for another three years.
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Newcastle are keen to add more quality to their midfield unit despite performing beyond everyone’s expectations so far this year. Eddie Howe has caused a cultural and philosophical shift at the club, with the North East giants aiming to penetrate European spots and be a nuisance to regular heavy hitters.
Given the absence of Jonjo Shelvey, Newcastle United are a light body in midfield with Elliot Anderson and Sean Longstaff the only backup options for Bruno Guimaraes, Joe Willock and Joelinton. There have been rumors of moves for Manu Kone and Conor Gallagher. But neither has happened yet, as the Magpies’ search for a new midfielder continues before the end of the transfer window.
Newcastle need someone who can play as a No.6, sitting in front of the defense and masking the backline. Bruno Guimaraes currently does, but his progressive and game-changing attributes allow him to have an even bigger impact higher up the pitch.
Alvarez is a very defensive player who can read the game and regain possession while stifling danger with little fuss. He is also very good with the ball at his feet and scores the odd clutch goal at the other end of the pitch. Indeed, the Mexico international would be an exciting addition to Howe’s squad, but a deal seems highly unlikely.
Ajax have been seasoned negotiators recently, turning down Manchester United’s latest offer of €90m for Antony. Having lost so many key players this summer, they wouldn’t want to lose another one to Alvarez, who is key to their system for breaking up play and stopping counterattacks.