Chelsea become favourites to sign £40m attacker after move collapsed elsewhere

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Ajax attacker Mohammed Kudus is generating a lot of interest with the likes of Chelsea, Brighton and Hove Albion, Arsenal and Liverpool all linked as suitors for the Ghanaian attacker. The Seagulls were said to be in pole position to sign Kudus but as things stand, Brighton may not be able to sign Kudus.

Brighton and Ajax had agreed a fee for the 23 year old and the Eredivisie club had set a deadline for the deal to be completed. This gave Brighton a substantial advantage as compared to other interested parties but as things stand, the Seagulls have blown it. Brightin had a 48 hour window to close the transfer and organize a contract for Kudus but unfortunately, an agreement could not be reached between Kudus and Brighton.

The move is now off, at least for now. However, the 23 year old is still looking to leave Amsterdam this summer and despite the Brighton deal collapse, Kudus is expected to leave the club. The price tag is expected to increase now as Ajax looks to capitalize on the extensive interest in the Ghanaian.

Chelsea are the favourites to sign Mohammed Kudus from Ajax

According to Sussex World, Chelsea are now the favourites to sign the 23 year old versatile attacker. CFC have been tracking Kudus for pretty much all summer and the deal collapse with Brighton gives the Blues a golden opportunity to seal the deal for Kudus.

With the injury to Christopher Nkunku that will see him spend over three months on the sidelines, Kudus’ signing will provide immediate cover as well as tick the box of signing a competent, talented youngster for the future. He was excellent last season for Ajax, scoring 18 goals and providing seven assists in 42 appearances last season.

His versatility gives Mauricio Pochettino plenty of options to experiment with. Kudus can play off the striker as well as a centre forward and on the right flank. Ajax rate the 23 year old at £40 million and CFC will have to spend a similar amount as lowballing can heavily backfire, as it happened with the Moises Caicedo deal.

Kudus does add quality to the Chelsea attack and is on an upward trajectory. With the right tutelage and environment at Stamford Bridge, the Ghanaian could become one of the best young players in the Premier League.

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