Chelsea and Crystal Palace are keen on signing Edson Alvarez, who has been one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe this season.
According to Football Insider, there is significant interest in Ajax midfielder Edson Alvarez from Premier League club Chelsea and Crystal Palace. The 24-year-old Mexican international’s performances this season have drawn the attention of the London clubs.
Ajax are having a wonderful season under Erik Ten Hag as they compete for the Eredivisie title with PSV Eindhoven. The Amsterdam giants might be a point behind their rivals in second, but they have been remarkable defensively, conceding just four goals all season.
While their defence has been stout all season, one of the major eye-catching aspects of their overall game has been the form of defensive midfielder Edson Alvarez. The Mexican international is having his best season to date and has naturally attracted the interest of clubs in England.
Chelsea and Crystal Palace are mentioned as the prospective suitors for the 24-year-old Mexican midfielder. The London outfits are reportedly ready to bolster their midfield options by signing him. Ajax could be open to a significant offer, but with Alvarez tied to the club on a long-term contract, they may not be in a rush to make a sale.
Chelsea are in the market for a new midfielder, and there is an indication of a new arrival in the department for next season. N’Golo Kante has been formidable in screening the backline, but he has encountered many fitness issues this season. The Blues have been looking at high-profile options for the midfield area, with some notable names on the list like Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong.
Chelsea could steal a march on their rivals by making an offer for Alvarez, but the west Londoners are not very particular about signing an out-and-out defensive midfielder. They certainly want a player to play in central midfield, with Bayern Munich’s Corentin Tolisso also an option.
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace are keen to add more quality to their midfield unit despite performing beyond everyone’s expectations this term. Patrick Vieira has brought about a cultural change at the club, with the Londoners aiming to finish in the top half of the table.
Crystal Palace may seem to have the midfield covered, but Conor Gallagher will return to Chelsea when the season ends, which may bring about the need to sign a replacement. While the Chelsea loanee is by no means a defensive midfielder, his absence in the area will leave a huge void to be filled by Palace.
Crystal Palace are linked with Aaron Ramsey, but he may not be considered a serious option. The Eagles would be keen on Alvarez to join them as part of Vieira’s young revolution. The 24-year-old will certainly be a more valuable addition, given his long-term prospects, compared to the Juventus star.
It remains to be seen who among Chelsea and Crystal Palace manage to sign Alvarez from Ajax. But with offers being prepared for him, the Mexican international could be departing Netherlands soon.