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Ajax issue ultimatum to Brighton target Mohammed Kudus

Ajax have told Mohammed Kudus to sort out his future amid intense speculation linking him with a move to Brighton & Hove Albion.

Brighton have reportedly reached an agreement in principle with the Eredivisie giants for a fee worth €40 million, thus overtaking Chelsea in the transfer race.

According to Voetbal International, the Dutch giants have issued an ultimatum to the Ghanaian forward that he communicates the decision over his future in 48 hours, or he could end up staying in Amsterdam next season.

The 23-year-old’s contract at the Johan Cruyff Arena expires in 2025, but he has declined a renewal offertoo seek a new challenge.

Kudus has no problems giving the go-ahead for his move to Brighton, who are looking to bolster their squad with top-quality signings after securing qualification for the Europa League.

Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi recently addressed the speculation surrounding Kudus, maintaining that he is uncertain about the deal and has plenty of options in the squad to rely on.

Kudus enjoyed his most productive campaign with Ajax last season, netting 18 goals and seven assists in all competitions, topped by some splendid performances in the Champions League.

His versatility makes him a tailor-made option for De Zerbi, who encourages his players to be highly flexible.

Brighton recently purchased Brazilian forward Joao Pedro from Watford for a club-record fee of £30 million, but Kudus can eclipse him if his move to the American Express Community Stadium materialises.

The Seagulls are also locked in intense talks with Chelsea for Moises Caicedo.

Brighton have knocked back a string of offers, including a lucrative bid of £80m, as they are steadfast on a fee in the region of £100m.

Although the Ecuadorian midfielder is pushing for a move to Stamford Bridge, Brighton will not allow him to leave unless their valuation is met.

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