Valencia enquires about Álvarez

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Spanish side Valencia has enquired at Ajax for Edson Álvarez. The club wants to loan the Mexican international for the remainder of the season with an option to buy him after, De Telegraaf reports.

Alvárez, who came over for € 15 million from Club América a year and a half ago, still has a contract at Ajax until mid-2024. Nevertheless, Ajax is interested in selling the player.

The Mexican still does not have a starting spot in Amsterdam. Alvárez was recruited as a potential successor to Matthijs de Ligt, but plays, mostly as a substitute, more often as a controlling midfielder than as a central defender at Ajax. The 31-time international started this season as a starting player alongside Ryan Gravenberch in a controlling role in midfield but disappeared since the arrival of Davy Klaassen from Erik ten Hag’s starting eleven.

Valencia initially wants to attract Alvárez on a loan. The question is whether Ajax will agree to this. The club will undoubtedly bet on substantial financial compensation in order to be able to get rid of the high transfer fee of a year and a half ago. In addition, the squad of the Amsterdammers is struggling with many injuries, as a result of which Ten Hag desperately needs every player. Alvárez, for instance, started the cup match with FC Utrecht last Wednesday in the starting eleven.

Edson Álvarez has played a total of 36 matches for Ajax in the 1.5 years he’s been at the club, he scored twice in those matches.

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