Football - Ajax: What next step for Mohammed Kudus?

Mohammed Kudus
Football - Ajax: What next step for Mohammed Kudus?

Flamboyant at the 2022 World Cup with Ghana and author of a great season with Ajax Amsterdam, Mohammed Kudus would like to go to the next level. The Ghanaian midfielder has rejected an offer of extension; he would like to change air and there is no lack of suitors.

Mohammed Kudus is on his way out. The Black Star has refused an offer of extension from Ajax according to the English media, The Athletic. He would also be on the radar of several big names in the Premier League.

Arrived at Ajax Amsterdam in July 2020, the Ghanaian international has managed to make a place in the squad of the Dutch club. This season, he has even become one of the strongest men. His 16 goals and 5 assists in all competitions are proof of this. He also played more than 67% of the games of the Lanciers. If collectively it was not a great success (3rd in the championship and defeated in the final of the Dutch Cup), individually, Kudus can be satisfied with his season. He has greatly marked the spirits in the championship, in the World Cup 2022 but also in the Champions League where he scored 4 goals in 6 games. He became the 2nd youngest player of Ajax to achieve such performances in C1. Performances that have attracted the attention of many major European clubs.

The Premier League is on the lookout

According to The Athletic, English media, Mohammed Kudus has rejected an offer of extension from Ajax Amsterdam. The Black Star has expressed his desire to leave the club 2 years before the end of his contract. He is linked to the Lancers until 2025. What to delight some clubs of the English elite. According to the media, the Ghanaian midfielder is interested in Manchester United, Arsenal and Newcastle.

Currently at the Red Devils, Eric Ten Hag would like to repatriate his protégé. Man United is 3rd in the Premier League and has its destiny in hand to qualify for the Champions League. The Dutch coach would like to strengthen his squad. On the other hand, the Gunners, who return to the C1 for the first time since 2017, want to expand their squad with a profile capable of playing in several positions. The case of Kudus who can play in the middle and on one side. Mikel Arteta wants to find a replacement for Granit Xhaka who is on the move. As well as an understudy for Bukayo Saka.

In addition to these two big names, there is the outsider of this season in the Premier League: Newcastle. The Magpies have surprised many by entering the English top 4 this season. They validated their ticket for the C1 this Monday, May 22 after the draw against Leicester. Newcastle has a long term project since the purchase of the club by the Saudi fund and has great ambitions. To achieve this, a profile like Kudus is seen as a major reinforcement.

FC Barcelona, his club at heart

In addition to being a player who could adapt well to the game of Barcelona, Mohammed Kudus is also a great fan. The Ghanaian grew up with a love for the Catalan club fostered by Thiago Alcantara, his idol. In 2018, the former Bayern Munich player had even offered him his jersey signed by the entire Bavarian team after a victory against Mainz. "Everyone who knows me closely knows how much this means to me," Kudus had shared on Instagram with the photo of the autographed jersey. No doubt that Barcelona will try to strengthen during the summer. They could still go and pick from Ajax. They had recovered De Jong in 2019. Otherwise, the Ghanaian international can join his lifelong idol at Liverpool. The Reds are watching the case closely. Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain also.

Mohammed Kudus is a very technical left footer, but he also has impressive physical qualities. The Ghanaian midfielder makes a series of percussion moves match after match, often coming up against severe tackles. Nevertheless, he goes back to it every time the opportunity arises. He is also very generous in his efforts and makes the necessary defensive withdrawals. Qualities that are valued at the highest level. To this, we can add his versatility. The Black Star can play in all positions in the middle as well as in attack. He can be a relay midfielder who breaks the lines with the ball or with his passes. Or he can play as a winger and showcase his dribbling skills. He is very fine technically and he is a good finisher. It is a profile that could do good to many clubs. A profile adapted to several systems.

Drama I-Ud Didi, who worked with Kudus during his last years at Right to Dream and Nordsjælland, told Joy Sports in 2020: "At FC Nordsjælland, Kudus received his main training in soccer. There he developed various aspects of his game by playing in different positions as a central midfielder, false nine, eccentric midfielder, eccentric striker, etc." Ajax coach Alfred Schreuder agrees: "He plays a lot by intuition, which means that he is very difficult for the opponent to defend. He is also very strong and agile"

The main interested party has always put himself at the service of his team while keeping a preferential position. "I'm not a striker, but I give everything in every position. I am an attacking midfielder, but it is for the team. If I have to play somewhere else for the team, I'm happy to do it," Kudus said when asked by RTL7 about his preferred position. While he is an asset to many teams, his price tag is reportedly not within the range of several of them. Ajax would ask for more than 40 million euros to sell their jewel.

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