Chelsea and Liverpool join battle to sign World Cup star Mohammed Kudus

Mohammed Kudus celebrates scoring against South Korea
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Four of Europe’s biggest clubs are fighting for Mohammed Kudus’ signature after a breakthrough year for club and country.

According to Fichajes (opens in new tab), Liverpool (opens in new tab) and Chelsea (opens in new tab) face competition from Real Madrid (opens in new tab) and Paris Saint-Germain (opens in new tab) for the 22-year-old attacking midfielder.

Kudus would help to reinvigorate a Liverpool side that has been lacking in energy and purpose after their draining pursuit of four trophies last season.

Jurgen Klopp has had to rely on youngster Harvey Elliott and veteran James Milner more than he would like over recent months as others have struggled for form and fitness.

Chelsea’s direction under new owner Todd Boehly remains unclear with a raft of signings made over the summer before Thomas Tuchel was sacked in September.

The German manager, who led them to success in the Champions League the year before, has been replaced by Brighton’s Graham Potter.

Although he lacks the status and pedigree of some of his predecessors, Potter has a proven track record of developing young players from different backgrounds.

With his skill, vision and composed finishing, Kudus is considered one of the most exciting prospects in world football.

He arrived at Danish side FC Nordsjælland from the Right to Dream academy, which has helped to develop many Ghanaian internationals.

After a couple of years in Denmark, he moved to Ajax (opens in new tab) and contributed to two consecutive Eredivisie titles under Erik ten Hag, who praised his ‘incredible potential’.

Kudus has reached a couple of impressive milestones in recent months, building on his first Champions League goal against Rangers with a brace to beat South Korea in the World Cup.

Ghana (opens in new tab) are well-placed to progress from Group H as they prepare to face Uruguay (opens in new tab) in their final game on Friday.

They are on course to meet pre-tournament favourites Brazil (opens in new tab) in the last 16 if they make it through in second place.

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Sean Cole

Sean Cole is a freelance journalist. He has written for FourFourTwo, BBC Sport and When Saturday Comes among others. A Birmingham City supporter and staunch Nikola Zigic advocate, he once scored a hat-trick at St. Andrew’s (in a half-time game). He also has far too many football shirts and spends far too much time reading the Wikipedia pages of obscure players.