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Mohammed Kudus’ move to Everton is in jeopardy if Ajax intend to raise prices in wide interest, according to Kevin Campbell.
The Ghana international looked set to move to Everton on August 19, with fabrice romano and Paul Joyce both reporting he was set for Goodison, but amid team-mate Antony’s potential move to Old Trafford and unexpected interest in the Kudus manager, Alfred Schreuder claimed he was going nowhere and that the movement had stopped.
In light of how the Dutch giants negotiated their way to a huge fee to sell Lisandro Martinez to Manchester United and appear to be doing the same with Antony, Sky Sports pundit Campbell expects them to be looking for value maximum if there are several suitors which could be bad news for the Toffees.
Addressed exclusively to Goodison News he said: “This price will increase. That’s what [Ajax] have been doing all summer, right?
“Potentially it might not happen. As I said, Ajax auctioned off players anyway. They want the best value for money.
“If they want to take players out, you saw what happened with Martinez at Manchester United, it started at £30m and then it ended up going to £57m, that’s a lot of money.
“So Ajax are playing their position perfectly. The more people interested, the more they will let him go to auction.
“So the highest bidder is likely to win, which could make it harder for Everton to do business.”
Kudus is not the first deal that has run into difficulties, with Idrissa Gueye’s future still unclear either.
The situation around the 22-year-old suggests there has been a complete shift in attitude on the part of one party, as reports from multiple sources suggesting a move is imminent have reportedly not appeared entirely out of nowhere. .
If Ajax sensed a last-second opportunity to scrap a deal and find a better one, it will be very frustrating for Everton, and if that doesn’t happen now, all they can do is switch to other targets instead if they still want to sign an attacking midfielder.