Ajax Sign Edson Alvarez: Can They Retain Eredivisie Title?

Martin Green

Monday, July 22, 2019 4:59 PM UTC

Monday, Jul. 22, 2019 4:59 PM UTC

The Dutch champions have moved quickly to replace their captain...
<div><p>Ajax have signed Mexican international defender Edson Alvarez in a €15 million deal as they prepare for life without inspirational captain Matthijs de Ligt. Last week the teenage sensation moved to Juventus for €75 million and that left a gaping hole in the Dutch champions’ defence. They moved quickly to bring in the highly-rated Alvarez from Liga MX Apertura champions Club América and he should slot straight into the defence alongside Daley Blind. Alvarez just starred as Mexico won the CONCACAF Gold Cup with a tense 1-0 victory over the USA in the final.</p><p>It is a summer of great upheaval for Ajax, who have also seen star midfielder Frenkie de Jong move to Ajax. The club’s fans are used to seeing their best players snapped up by Europe’s richest teams, but they will hope to hang onto the rest of the team that dazzled in last season’s Champions League. Ajax beat defending champions Real Madrid and Juventus en route to a semi-final appearance, where they were unfortunate to lose to Tottenham on away goals. The consolation prize was a domestic double, as they finished three points clear of PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivie and thrashed Willem II in the cup final.</p><h2>Time to Splash the Cash</h2><p>Their remarkable campaign alerted the vultures and they have lost two great players in de Ligt and de Jong. Yet Ajax appear to be investing the money well, having brought in Quincy Promes from Sevilla, Razvan Marin from Standard Liege, Lisandro Martinez from Defensa and Kit Pierie from Heerenveen. The deal for Alvarez takes their summer spending past the €56 million mark, although they have brought in a massive €182 million from selling de Ligt, de Jong and a few fringe players, so fans will hope to see further investment in the squad.</p><p>Ajax still have an excellent squad, featuring excellent players like David Neres, Hakim Ziyech, Donny van de Beek, Nicolas Tagliafico, André Onana, Dusan Tadic and Kasper Dolberg. The big question is: can they beat PSV to another Eredivisie triumph? PSV were the champions in 2017/18, while Ajax’s triumph was their first since 2014. They have had a pretty low-key transfer window thus far, but notably they allowed Luuk de Jong to move to Sevilla. He was the joint top scorer in last season’s Eredivisie, along with Tadic, as both men hit 28 goals in 34 games.</p><p>PSV will miss his firepower and they are yet to replace him, as their only new arrival of note is left winger Bruma from RB Leipzig. Ajax have plenty of goalscorers, including Tadic, Ziyech, Dolberg and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, while Alvarez should do well at the back, so they look a decent bet at 1.73 (8/11) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="William Hill">William Hill</a> to win the Eredivisie in 2019/20.</p></div>
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