Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that West Ham and Ajax have come to a verbal agreement for a total package of around £34/35m fee for Édson Álvarez. The Mexican international will now fly to London to complete his medical in the next 24 hours, and sign contracts. Personal terms have already been agreed, as Romano revealed on Saturday.
The 25-year-old made 44 appearances in the 2022/23 campaign for Ajax in all competitions, scoring four goals, providing three assists, and contributing towards 15 clean sheets. Álvarez played both defensive midfield, and centre back for Ajax last season, but it is expected that the Mexican will be a defensive midfielder for the Hammers, replacing Declan Rice.
This will be West Ham’s first signing of the 2023 summer transfer window, as they were previously the only team in the Premier League to not make a signing. This is unlikely to be the last signing the Hammers make this window, after selling Rice to Arsenal for a package worth around £105m.
Connor Holden | Get Football