Liverpool are given an extra boost in their search for Ajax midfielder Mohammed Kudus.
The 22-year-old who was the focus of attention at Everton in the summer of last year The player is still in the running for an move to the Premier League after showing his class in Dutch soccer.
He recorded 18 goals as well as contributed five assists across all competitions played by Ajax during the season. He is and has attracted the attention of several of the top clubs.
Alongside Liverpool and Manchester United, the two clubs Manchester United and Arsenal are believed to be in the market to acquire Kudus who was the focus of attention for Ghana during the World Cup in Qatar.
He also made headlines before the tournament, after saying that he’s “as good as Neymar”.
“He’s not better than me. He’s just a higher profile player, that’s all,” Kudus stated to The Guardian.
Liverpool are a potential winner Kudus advantage
Liverpool has sent their scouts observe Kudus earlier in the season and could have an advantage when signing the attacking midfielder with a variety of skills should there be an auction for Kudus’s contract this time around.
This is because the current director of sports for the club Julian Ward is set to transfer to Ajax towards the end of the season.
Ward announced in November that he announced in November that he would leave Anfield at the close of the season, one season after being replaced by Michael Edwards.
He is now set to take on a similar job for Ajax and will begin his new job from July 1.
Liverpool will be hoping that their strong connections with Ward will aid them in any discussions with Kudus.
What have Kudus stated about his future?
Kudus has stated that he would be content staying at Ajax for another season despite reports of potential interest of Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United.
“I am very happy at Ajax at the moment, but I will be even happier if we win the double. Why wouldn’t I want to renew? I play and develop well,” Kudus stated to De Telegraaf.
“Now it’s about negotiation and valuation. When the time is right, we’ll see how it goes. But that will have to be conducted with my agent. I want to focus entirely on the title race.”
Kudus has also spoken out about his move to Everton in the hope that the decision of Ajax to stop the move proved to be an opportunity to gain.
“The fact that Ajax blocked a transfer to Everton last summer disappointed me,” he said.
“I decided it was the right time to start a new stage in my life because I wasn’t at this club. However, when the transfer market ended my focus was to Ajax. The sole reason why I decided to leave prior to that was due my reserve position.
“I eliminated that problem myself. Everton are not doing well in the Premier League, Ajax are in the title race and under John Heitinga I am a permanent fixture. I have a strong faith in God and he has made the positive decision for me not to let the transfer go through.”