Everton’s summer transfer business has been commendable. Barring maybe another quality attacker, Frank Lampard and Kevin Thelwell have done a fantastic job in reinforcing the necessary areas in the squad. The Toffees were unable to bring youngster Mohammed Kudus on loan from Ajax and now the Ghanaian has had a flying start to the season.
Everton were pushing to sign Kudus from the Dutch giants but their stance remained that Kudus was neither for sale nor available on loan. The player himself liked the prospect of playing for Everton and anticipated better opportunities at the Merseyside club as compared to Ajax.
A move did not materialize and since then Kudus has sparkled in the Ajax colours. In 12 appearances for the Eredivisie champions, the 22 year old has netted eight goals, showcasing his attacking quality after being deployed as a forward. Recently, Kudus opened up on his failed move to Everton.
"Everton offered me a great opportunity and I wanted to try it. No footballer wants to sit on the bench and neither do I. Although I understood that not everyone can play all the time, Everton seemed like a good option at the time. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to train, but I’m human and had a lot to deal with in a very short time. The chapter is now over and I’m still here. (via Liverpool ECHO)"
Borussia Dortmund tracking Everton target Mohammed Kudus
It is a matter of what could have been for Everton had Kudus joined the Toffees. His remarkable scoring stats this early in the season have caught the eye of many teams across Europe. Everton are no longer the only interested side in Kudus as others have started to monitor the 22 year old’s performances in Amsterdam.
According to the German BILD, Borussia Dortmund are keeping an eye on Kudus, who has admirers in the Premier League in the form of Everton and Tottenham Hotspur. Kudus’ market value stands at €10 million (£8.73 million), with his deal running till 2025. The Ghanian has the ability to operate in the midfield as well as the attack and play as a ‘false nine’, making him an interesting player to have in the side.
Dortmund’s own academy product Youssoufa Moukoko is a similar profile, capable of playing in multiple positions. His deal runs out in 2023 and in the event of Moukoko walking out as a free agent, Kudus is a player Dortmund wants to consider.
As the season progresses and if Kudus is able to maintain the current levels of productivity, more teams will start monitoring him, leaving Everton with no choice but to fight for the 22 year old.
Will the Toffees manage to sign Mohammed Kudus?