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Chelsea dealt transfer blow as European giants refuse to sell 24-year-old despite €50 million offer: Reports

Chelsea transfer target reportedly staying at Ajax
Chelsea transfer target reportedly staying at Ajax

Ajax are reportedly refusing to sell defensive midfielder Edson Alvarez to Chelsea before the end of the transfer window.

According to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, the Mexican midfielder refused to train with Ajax after the club recieved a €50 million bid from the Premier League club. The offer has reportedly unsettled Alvarez, who is trying to force a move to Stamford Bridge.

However, Telegraaf journalist Mike Verweij has now claimed that the Eredivise giants will not allow the Mexico international to leave this summer.

BREAKING: Hamstra en Huntelaar melden #Alvarez in @cruijffarena dat deal naar #Chelsea onbespreekbaar is.🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Hamstra and Huntelaar tell Alvarez in Johan Cruijff ArenA that he cannot go to Chelsea and will stay with #Ajaxtelegraaf.nl/sport/71877811…

De Godenzonen have had their squad raided this summer, with no fewer than eight first-team players leaving the Johan Cruijff Arena in the transfer window. Sebastian Haller, Antony, Lisandro Martinez and Ryan Gravenberch are among those who have followed manager Erik ten Hag out of the exit door over recent months.

With N'Golo Kante and Jorginho both in the final years of their contracts, Chelsea are keen to strengthen in central midfield. The Blues' current alternatives in midfield include Conor Gallagher, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mateo Kovacic.

But following a slow start to the season, Thomas Tuchel will be keen to bring in a defensive midfielder, with his team keeping one clean sheet in five games so far.

Edson Álvarez is not training with Ajax as the Mexico midfielder wants a move to Chelsea, per @MikeVerweij https://t.co/qogU6emHpT

Thomas Tuchel claims Chelsea need to toughen up to improve Premier League position

The Blues suffered their second successive away defeat when they fell to a 2-1 loss at Southampton. Following the game, Tuchel struggled to contain his anger towards his players, claiming it was too easy to score against them.

The German boss told BBC Sport:

"It is not enough to play 20-25 minutes on the level we want."

The Chelsea boss further added:

"It is too easy to put us off balance, to beat us, to confuse us," Tuchel told Match of the Day. "It is too easy. It happened against Leeds. We need to understand why and find solutions. We lose concentration, we lose our plan and lose consistency, it is too easy to beat us.
"You can always lose football matches and I am humble enough to admit this but in a match where you are in the lead there is no need to give away half chances. To have no answers in the second half was disappointing. We need to have answers, we need to step up and play a level higher if needed. We struggled to do this."

Tuchel continued:

"Soft, soft, soft defending. There is no need to give shots away. Just toughen up as a team and show a different mentality."
Edson Alvarez is pushing hard for a move to #Chelsea. He sees himself as a 'perfect fit' in Thomas Tuchel's system and has been impressed by the club's new era.[via @NickPurewal]

Chelsea currently sit ninth in the Premier League table. They will next take on West Ham United at home on September 3.

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