Newcastle's Edson Alvarez hopes dwindle as Chelsea plan January transfer
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Newcastle's Edson Alvarez hopes dwindle as Chelsea plan January transfer

Newcastle United might have missed their chance to sign Edson Alvarez with Chelsea lingering around the midfielder ahead of January.

The Ajax midfielder was a target for the Magpies late in the window, with Eddie Howe keen to bring in a replacement for the injured Jonjo Shelvey.

Alvarez was identified as the ideal candidate, and there were even reports in Mexico of a big money bid. Newcastle reportedly offered £34million to sign the 24-year-old, but failed to bring him to St James’ Park.

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The new Toon owners have already proven that they are prepared to revisit former targets, while it has been claimed that Dan Ashworth could do just that in January.

But that might be difficult when it comes to Alvarez.

Chelsea want Newcastle target Edson Alvarez in January

Chelsea were also linked with a summer move for Alvarez. However, their approach came too late in the day and Ajax decided to keep the 58-time Mexico international.

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But that isn’t the end of Thomas Tuchel’s interest in the Eredivisie champion. According to the Evening Standard, the Blues are going to reignite their interest in Alvarez when the transfer window reopens.

They state that Chelsea want to sign a midfielder in January, and that he is their preferred option after failing with a £40million bid in the summer. The Evening Standard add that Alvarez wants to move to Stamford Bridge.

Given how Chelsea have operated in the transfer market since Todd Boehly took over, it feels like Newcastle have no chance in this race.

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The new American owner, who is reportedly worth £4.6billion, is prepared to spend huge amounts of cash to get the players he wants. In contrast, Newcastle are much more cautious in their approach.

It’s served the Magpies well so far, while only time will tell how Chelsea get on following their huge summer spend.

But the spending is going to continue in January, and it could mean the end for Newcastle’s pursuit of Alvarez.