According to The Athletic, Ajax have reached an agreement with Middlesbrough to sign Chuba Akpom. The Amsterdam club will pay €12m plus €2m in add-ons for last season’s Championship top goal scorer. The 27-year-old striker has been given permission to travel to the Dutch capital and undergo his medical tomorrow. Akpom is set to sign a five-year contract.
Chuba Akpom scored 28 goals in 38 Championship appearances for Middlesbrough last season, making him the league’s top scorer. After an outstanding campaign, several sides including Ligue 1 side Lens have shown serious interest in the former Arsenal, Hull City and PAOK striker. Ajax have made their move, and now the Dutch giants look to be winning the race.
Ajax currently only have one striker in their squad, with 21-year-old Brian Brobbey being the only man available in that position. Akpom, who only has one year left on his current contract, has been identified as the ideal candidate to help the Dutch giants challenge for the title once again. If Ajax are able to complete this signing, it could turn out to be an excellent signing.