West Ham has been handed a boost in their pursuit of Edson Alvarez as his move to Borussia Dortmund has stalled unexpectedly. The 25-year-old had appeared to be on his way to the Bundesliga powerhouses in a move worth £30 million, which was much less than the sum Dortmund had agreed to receive from Real Madrid for the sale of Jude Bellingham earlier in June. The Mexican had publicly stated his desire to go to Germany, adding that “this is what could make it the right time to take the next step in my career. However, everything must be flawless. I must get better, but Ajax also needs to.”
Dortmund is currently contemplating alternate transfer plans because its attempt to sign West Ham target Edson Alvarez has run into trouble. Emre Can, a former midfielder for Liverpool, is indeed expected to receive a new contract offer, while a deal to sign Felix Nmecha from Wolfsburg is in the works. As they start to get ready for life without captain Declan Rice, West Ham now has the opportunity to into the race for Alvarez. Arsenal and the 24-year-old have reached an agreement on the general terms of a £105 million deal, a record transfer sum for a British player, and are currently working out the last details before a physical.
Alvarez, a defensive midfielder who can also play center-back, has long been coveted by West Ham. He has also drawn interest from Chelsea and Manchester United in the past. Previously, it was anticipated that the Hammers would make a move to challenge Ajax’s £40 million asking price. Tim Steidten will soon begin serving as West Ham’s new technical director, and his hiring is expected to have an impact on the team’s summer transfer strategy.
The club is now focused on signing Joao Palhinha and Kalvin Phillips. They are also reportedly interested in Denis Zakaria, who spent last season on loan at Chelsea, and Amadou Onana. Despite the four items’ different market valuations, all four are thought to be feasible goals. There is also a desire to add a new center-back and wide striker to West Ham’s Europa Conference League-winning team; many players have been shortlisted both domestically and internationally.
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