Ajax buys De Ligt's replacement: The first Mexican in the Amsterdam club ever

20.7.2019.  
Ajax buys De Ligt's replacement: The first Mexican in the Amsterdam club ever

Ajax had the best season in the 21st century in 2018/2019, the club finished it off by making more than €150,000,000 just from sales of two remarkable talents Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt. And the club is in the challenging, yet promising position that requires them to build on the success. And that means spending money.


The massive job of filling in the shoes of the former 19-year-old captain will fall to Edson Alvarez. The 21-year-old Mexican was bought from Club America for a fee of €15,500,000 and has signed a five-year-long deal with the Dutch club.


This is the fifth major signing the champions of Holland made this summer, and the second most expensive. The proven Quincy Promes was just €200,000 more expensive than the young centre-back. Central midfielder Razvan Marin and two other centre-backs Lisandro Martinez and Kik Pierie also joined the club from Amsterdam.


While recently, in the shadow of De Ligt’s departure, Rasmus Kristensen joined Red Bull Salzburg for €5,000,000. Earlier this summer, centre-back Maximilian Wöber left for Sevilla, and left-back Daley Sinkgraven joined Bayer Leverkusen. So Ajax's backline will have a completely new outlook to it next season.


Alvarez can play at centre-back, but also as a right-back or a defensive midfielder. Despite being just 21, he has gathered impressive 28 caps for Mexico.



One thing is for sure, Alvarez will have a tough time becoming a fan favourite at Johan Cruijff Arena as he implied that he will use the club as a stepping stone before even kicking a ball for them.


"I see myself in England or Italy, in important clubs. But now I'm only focused on Ajax," said the Mexican.


He is the first player from his country to sign for the last year's Champions League semi-finalists.



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