Mohammed Kudus may have played his last game for Ajax. Chelsea is reportedly interested in the 22-year-old forward and midfielder, according to respected journalist Simon Phillips. It is said that the Ghanaian could fetch around 46.7 million euros, making him one of Ajax's most expensive outgoing transfers.
Phillips writes that Chelsea sees the Ghanaian as a talented attacker who has demonstrated his versatility at Ajax and the national team level. This season, Kudus has alternately played on the right side or as a striker, while he can also regularly be found in the midfield.
Kudus actually wanted to leave Ajax last season and even did not show up for some training sessions towards the end of the transfer window. Everton offered 13 million euros for the Ghanaian, but Ajax refused to let him go. That turned out to be a wise move. Kudus fought his way into the starting lineup and was influential with 18 goals and six assists in 42 matches. He also impressed at the World Cup in Qatar, scoring twice and captivating the eyes of spectators with many rushes forward.
His strong performances at Ajax and the World Cup have significantly boosted his market value. According to Transfermarkt.nl, Kudus is worth 30 million euros. However, Ajax is aiming high and is reportedly asking Chelsea for 40 million pounds, which is equivalent to 46,651,000 euros, according to The Athletic. Earlier, the word got out that Newcastle United and Manchester United are also interested in Kudus.
At The Blues, Kudus could become their second acquisition in a short period of time. Earlier today, the club announced the acquisition of Christopher Nkunku for around 60 million euros. Last season, Chelsea's buying frenzy seemed to have no limits, as they spent a whopping total of over 600 million euros on new players.
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