Frenkie De Jong in London To Finalise Move To Chelsea On Deadline Day

Barcelona Midfielder in London to complete his move to Chelsea.

Frenkie De Jong in London To Finalise Move To Chelsea On Deadline Day

Be it through the injury to Ruben Loftus-Cheek, the exposed
flaws of Jorginho, the stone wall in front of Frenkie de Jong,
Billy Gilmours likely departure or the desperation to move on
from a three man defence, Chelsea could yet sign a new
midfielder this window.
After being broken apart by Southampton in the first half and
toothless in the second, Chelsea needs someone to sit in
front of the defence and break apart attacks. Not only
working as a defensive shield but also allowing further
expansion and flexibility in attack became apparent.
If it wasn’t known already, it was made visible for all at St
Mary’s as Jorginho made a weak attempt to disrupt Ralph
Hasenhuttl’s side in the build-up to the winning goal. Chelsea
have needed a new midfielder for several years, and with
less than two days to go until the end of the window, they
have kickstarted their attempts to bring in Ajax’s Edson
Alvarez.

The Mexican 24-year-old has emerged as a late contender
for the defensive midfield role at Chelsea, but any deal would
have to be sorted quickly. Not only is the player under
pressure to complete a deal before the British transfer
window closes on September 1 at 11pm, the Dutch window
shuts one day before that, meaning that Ajax would lose the
player but not be able to buy anybody else afterwards.
The talks between the clubs have now been confirmed by
David Ornstein of the Athletic after Dutch journalist Mike
Verweij from the Dutch Telegraph broke the news that a
€50m (£43.2m) offer had been made for the player.
As a versatile midfielder capable of playing at centre-back
too, a trait sure to impress Tuchel, Alvarez has a profile
suited to Chelsea’s needs. He could also be used in a
possible late departure for Hakim Ziyech, who has come
under fire for his performance against Southampton. The
Moroccan winger has been keen to leave Chelsea this
summer, with Manchester United also linked with the player
but hasn’t been able to find a new club.
Talks over Alvarez do open up the chance of involving Ziyech
in a move going the other way. Chelsea and Ajax had been in
talks regarding the transfer, only for them to slow down as
the window drew on. The two clubs were unable to come to
a price agreement over Ziyech, and a loan was also
discussed.
Any deal that was to involve would benefit Chelsea, who
don’t have an obvious place for him next season, especially
with talks ongoing for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the
outside chance of signing Wilfried Zaha as well.
Although it is late for movement of this kind, which has
already proved hard to accomplish in this window, Ajax’s
reported deal for Florian Grillitsch, as per Verweij again,
would offer space in their squad should Alvarez move on.
It comes as the Blues seemingly move on from their attempts
to lure Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona after the player didn’t
have a change of heart on where he wanted to spend his
future despite immense speculation this summer.

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