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Ajax Amsterdam considers Barcelona SC wonderkid to replace Akpom

Posted : 02 May 2024

Ajax Amsterdam is eyeing Barcelona SC's rising star Allen Obando as a potential replacement for Chuba Akpom, who has expressed his desire to leave the club at the end of the season. The Eredivisie giants are concerned about losing two strikers during the upcoming transfer window, with Akpom seeking a departure after a season and Brian Brobbey attracting attention from Premier League clubs.

As reported by Machdeportes via Footballtransfers, presidential candidate Antonio Alvarez has confirmed Obando's appeal to several European clubs, including Ajax, Paris Saint-Germain, Torino, and RB Salzburg. Obando, at just 17 years old, is already considered one of the brightest talents in Ecuadorian football, boasting appearances for Ecuador's U17, Olympic, and senior national teams.

Obando's performance for Barcelona SC in the Copa Libertadores, where he scored one goal and provided two assists in seven games during the 2023-2024 season, has further heightened interest from European clubs, particularly Ajax. The Dutch side sees Obando as a potential solution to their striker concerns, particularly if Akpom and Brobbey depart in the summer.

Akpom, who joined Ajax from Middlesbrough FC last summer, has expressed dissatisfaction with his role at the club and desires a move away. Despite limited game time, the Nigerian striker has managed to score 14 goals since arriving in the Netherlands. His potential departure has attracted interest from clubs like Nottingham Forest and Fulham, though Ajax blocked his return to England during the January transfer window.

Akpom's journey to Ajax began through the Arsenal academy, where he developed before moving on to Middlesbrough FC. His decision to join Ajax was fueled by a stellar season that saw him net 29 goals in all competitions, showcasing his scoring prowess and attracting attention from top European clubs.

With the summer transfer window looming, Ajax's interest in Obando underscores their commitment to securing young talent with the potential to make an impact on the European stage. As they navigate potential departures, securing a replacement like Obando could prove crucial to maintaining their competitive edge in the Eredivisie and beyond.




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