Newcastle United have reportedly asked Ajax about possibly signing Edson Alvarez this summer.
That’s according to the Athletic, who state that the Magpies are interested in the midfielder as the end of the transfer window looms.
Alvarez is a new name on the club’s radar, and he would certainly be an exciting addition. However, a transfer from the Johan Cruyff Arena to St James’ Park feels unlikely.
How Ajax feel about Newcastle being interested in Alvarez
The Athletic state that the Magpies have made an enquiry for the 24-year-old Mexico international, who is a player they really admire. However, Newcastle’s valuation is very different to the amount Ajax want to receive for Alvarez.
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Newcastle have had so many targets over the past couple of months, but more often than not we’ve been priced out of a move. It’s a combination of teams seeing the Magpies coming and increasing their price, and the Toon owners’ unwillingness to overspend.
Plenty of deals have come and gone because Newcastle do not want to spend over the odds. That’s a sensible stance, but it has proved for a very frustrating transfer window.
Alvarez is the latest, and he is a player who would be a great signing for Newcastle. He’s exactly what we need in centre midfield. The former America ace has been called a ‘very good player‘ by former Tottenham hero Rafael van der Vaart.
With Shelvey out injured, Howe needs someone who can play as the ‘six’, sitting in front of the defence. Bruno Guimaraes has been doing that, but he can make an even bigger impact higher up the pitch.
Alvarez is a very defensive-minded player. He can read the game and win back possession, sniffing out danger with ease. That’s what Newcastle need, but a deal seems very unlikely.
It’s unclear how much the Magpies wanted to pay for the Mexican compared to how much Ajax want for him. But it doesn’t sound like Newcastle’s interest will go beyond an enquiry.