After a failed BVB change: Alvarez signs with West Ham

After a failed BVB change: Alvarez signs with West Ham

Sven Mislintat did not want to give his old love a friendship discount. The technical director of Ajax Amsterdam, who worked for BVB for a long time, had called around 40 million euros for his clearer Edson Alvarez – too much for Borussia Dortmund, which dealt intensively with the Mexican in May and June, but ultimately because of the too high transfer fee had refrained from an obligation.

Instead, according to British media reports, West Ham United is now paying the required transfer fee to guide the midfielder, who recently triumphed with his national team in the Gold Cup, to the Premier League. The two clubs made the transfer official on Thursday.

Alvarez has signed a contract until 2028 and will wear the number 19 shirt with the Hammers. “It’s a very sentimental moment for me in my career. The Premier League is the best league in the world and my style of play will go well with it,” said the 25-year-old.

Alvarez switched from CF America to Ajax in 2019 for a reported 15 million euros and, after a mixed first season, became a regular player and top performer. He had previously made his debut for the Mexican national team at the age of 19 and now, at the age of 25, has 69 international caps.

With the reigning Conference League winners, Alvarez should close the gap left by Declan Rice with his departure to Arsenal. Thus, West Ham reinvests a good part of the approximately 120 million euros for Rice.

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