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Chelsea identify ‘next Neymar’ as Havertz replacement amid Pochettino plan

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Chelsea appear to be looking for a flexible forward this summer, with Kai Havertz poised to sign with Arsenal soon.

Mauricio Pochettino appears to have already found a successor for Kai Havertz, who appears to be on his way to Arsenal this summer. The 24-year-old forward has recently been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium, with Mikel Arteta keen to strengthen his frontline ahead of next season.

Chelsea is interested in Mohammed Kudus, according to Fabrizio Romano, but they will face stiff competition for his signature. According to the source, the Ajax player is a favorite of Roberto De Zerbi and is one of the Seagulls’ main targets this summer.

Kudus, whose contract at the Johan Cruyff Arena Arena expires in 2025, appeared in 30 Eredivisie games for the Dutch club last season, directly contributing to 14 goals. With Pochettino looking to bolster his options across the field, the 22-year-old has been identified as someone who can play in a variety of positions.

Last season, he mostly played as a center-forward and right-winger, but he’s also been utilized as a 10 and an eight. While Kudus’ versatility is a great plus, he has an extraordinary ability to glide past players, similar to Neymar.

The Ghana international allegedly compared himself to the Paris Saint-Germain player in an interview with The Guardian ahead of the World Cup last year. “He’s not better than me,” Kudus added. He’s simply a more well-known player.”

However, the Ghanaian later retaliated against The Guardian, claiming that the comment was taken out of context. Kudus commented on Twitter, “@neymarjr like @Thiago6 & many legends inspired us to dream.” Like @neymarjr, I humbly hope to inspire the next generation in the same way they did.@guardian_sport What is the plan? Everyone is focused on tomorrow. FAKE NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!”

Nonetheless, Kudus’ agency has him set up for a huge move this summer. Jennifer Mendelewitsch acknowledged to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf in May that the moment has come for his client to depart Ajax.

“I believe it is best for both Ajax and Mohammed if he transfers now.” “This is the right time,” Kudus’ representative stated. “He has turned down an offer to extend his contract until the summer of 2026.” What I can say is that there is a lot of interest in Kudus following the World Cup and this season.”