Premier League clubs smash transfer record with £1.9billion spend
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Liverpool may have accidentally prevented Everton from securing the signature of their summer transfer target Mohamed Kudus of Ajax. The playmaker was heavily linked with a move to Goodison Park ahead of the start of the season but opted to remain in the Eredivisie.
Kudus has scored five in 11 league appearances for Ajax so far this season, being deployed as a No 9 rather than in midfield – where he played previously. Everton were keen admirers of the 22-year-old and reports suggested that Frank Lampard’s side came close to acquiring his services.
Though the Toffees now appear to have lost their chance to sign Kudus, with Borussia Dortmund now in talks with the forward, according to Sky Germany. The Bundesliga outfit have taken a keen interest in the playmaker and how he has adapted to his new role as a striker.
It is speculated that Kudus’ agent has already held talks with Dortmund and the guarantee of European football, compared to Everton, is attractive. The Ghana international has shone domestically, though it is his performances in the Champions League that will certainly have caught the eye.
Kudus has scored three and assisted one in the competition so far this season, with one of his best performances coming against Liverpool. Although his side lost 2-1, the forward stood out for Ajax and his goal capped off a strong performance that saw many sing his praises after the match.
Of course, teams will not judge a player off of one performance, though Kudus’ display against the Reds was a key milestone in his sudden progress this season and showcased that he has what it takes to lead the line.
The 22-year-old admitted that Everton was a ‘great opportunity’, though given the reputation has for launching players’ careers, Dortmund now be a better one. Kudus will certainly have Ajax boss Alfred Schreuder to thank for his development, especially due to how he convinced the player to remain at the club.
Speaking about the forward after the transfer window closed, Schreuder said: “In the pre-season, I already saw a good striker in him. But I consciously did not want to reveal that too early. That he emerges like this is great. He sees himself more and more in this role. During the period that Everton wanted him, I told him: ‘You are still going to be very important to us.’
“That has come true. And I have also indicated to him to think less about positions, but mainly about possibilities on the pitch. Having a completely different type of striker to (physical number nine Brian) Brobbey, I see as a great luxury.”
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