Chelsea goal Edson Alvarez is claimed to have ‘reacted angrily’ after being told by Ajax manager Alfred Schreuder that he is not going to be allowed to go away the club before Thursday’s transfer deadline. The Mexican midfielder is known to have refused to coach with the Eredivisie champions after seeing them reject a £43million bid from the Blues.
Having allowed an entire host of first-team players – including Lisandro Martinez and Antony – to depart already this summer, Ajax have made clear their stance that they’ll not sanction any further sales this summer. Nevertheless, the Dutch giants now face a predicament after rejecting a mega-money offer for Alvarez from Chelsea on Wednesday.
Based on journalist Jonathan Shrager, Alvarez ‘reacted angrily’ upon learning that Ajax would remain resolute of their not-for-sale stance via manager Schreuder. The 24-year-old then refused to coach on Thursday morning in a bid to force through a desired move to Stamford Bridge.
Despite confirming the deadline day signing of former Hoffenheim midfielder Florian Grillitsch, Ajax are thought to stay determined to retain the services of Alvarez, who only penned a latest contract value in excess of an annual £2m last season. Chelsea are understood to offer the defensive midfielder, who also can operate at centre-back, £3m a yr in west London.
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The Blues are expected to return for Alvarez once they’ve concluded a deal for Barcelona forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The ex-Arsenal captain in scheduled to undergo his medical on Thursday afternoon after Chelsea struck a £10m agreement with the cash-strapped Catalan club, which can even see Marcus Alonso head the opposite way.
Ajax boss Schreuder recently hit back at Alvarez’s former Ajax team-mate Antony for adopting an identical approach to forcing through a transfer to Old Trafford. Appearing on Ziggo Sports programme Rondo, the 49-year-old branded the Brazilian’s behaviour “weird” and slammed the winger’s lack of professionalism after he went on strike.
When probed over whether Antony could possibly be fined for his conduct, Schreuder said: “Absolutely. I do not think it’s good that it’s possible inside our club. If you happen to’re Ajax, it’s just bad that this happens. I’ve talked about it with him.
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“If you happen to’re disenchanted for a day or two, I understand, but in some unspecified time in the future you are knowledgeable. Then I said: ‘I’ll proceed with the blokes who’re there’. At a certain point you get indignant about it, like… what are we doing?
” the entire picture, that frustrates you as a trainer, but in addition the way you stand on the planet. Then I feel, ‘you are only a player, you simply need to do your thing’. But my personal feeling is that it’s just bad.”