Manchester United eye yet another Ajax player for upcoming summer

May 17, 2023 12:19 pm

Erik Ten Hag joined Manchester United from Ajax before the beginning of this season and with him, he brought Lisandro Martinez and Antony Santos with him from Ajax for a considerable fee. It seems like that spree of buying players from Ajax is not yet done atleast from Ten Hag’s wishlist and he wishes to bring another one of his star players from his old job.

Edson Alvarez, the Mexican defensive midfielder who is also capable of operating as a center-back, was one of the biggest presence in the defensive area for Ten Hag alongside Lisandro Martinez. Quite often, Martinez and Alvarez would form the CB pairing for Ten Hag and the duo drove the side to multiple wins as well. Follow your favourite Premier League team with attractive football betting odds from Nextbet.

Now, there onus seems to be back on Ajax who remain conflicted in selling players to United as there have been plenty of movement happening in that direction over the last few seasons. Alvarez was also in the wish list of Chelsea and the London based club had launched bids well in excess of his asking price in the winter, but Ajax were reluctant to sell. 

“We are talking about the Mexican player Edson Álvarez, for whom Manchester United would be willing to offer nothing more and nothing less than 50 million euros to get his services. However, the transfer of Edson Álvarez to Manchester United will not be easy, since Ajax will not let one of its key players leave at any price,” said Fichajes, the popular journalist. 

The report mentions that Borussia Dortmund have earmarked the Mexico international as the potential successor to Jude Bellingham should he move to Real Madrid in the summer. The Mexican is versatile and is adept at playing both as the defensive pivot and as a centre-back and could potentially solve two major headaches for the United boss.

It is easy to see why the 25-year-old is once again being linked with a move to Old Trafford. He has made 41 appearances across all competitions, scoring four times and assisting three more.

He is in the top 99 percentile for passes attempted and 94 percentile in terms of progressive carries as per Fbref, something United are lacking at the moment. Another major advantage United have in this race is the fact that it was Ten Hag who brought the former CF América star to Netherlands and the pair trust each other. Follow Nextbet Sports to get all the latest updates from the Premier League.