Chelsea have reportedly made contact with Ajax as they look to sign their Ghanaian midfielder Mohammed Kudus.
According to Athletic journalist David Ornstein, Mauricio Pochettino’s side are looking to add more bodies into their midfield with Kudus high on their list of targets.
The fee is reportedly around £40m with Kudus likely to leave the Dutch capital having turned down the offer of a new contract, expressing his desire to leave.
This comes after their current stand-off with Brighton for Moises Caicedo with the south-coast club holding firm on their Ecuadorian international.
With the departure of Mason Mount, their could be room in the squad for an additional attacking midfielder.
The question for Chelsea and Pochettino though is whether he’s needed or not. The club is still swollen with attacking quality which could mean further departures from Stamford Bridge this summer.
What will Mohammed Kudus bring to Chelsea?
Kudus is an attacking midfielder who thrives on the ball in the final third.
Last season, he scored 11 times in 30 appearances and scored in four of his six Champions League appearances, including one against Liverpool at Anfield.
Following a slow-start to his career at Ajax, Kudus became an integral member of the side last season which has seen his value skyrocket.
However, with the ball at his feet and driving at the opposition is where Kudus will bring the most value to this Chelsea side.
Compared to Eredivisie’s other attacking midfielders and wingers, the 22-year-old sat in the top 99 percentile for pass completion, successful take-ons and non-penalty xG and xAG according to FBRef.
This showcases his all-round quality with the ball as well as his potential to cause damage to opposition of which Chelsea will benefit from.
At just 22, there’s more room to improve in what could be an incredibly talented attacking line-up with the likes of Mykhailo Mudryk, Noni Madueke, Christopher Nkunku and Nicolas Jackson all added to the side over the last six months,