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Mohammed Kudus will have added millions to his price with exploits in the Champions League and Everton will now face much tougher competition to sign him, says Kevin Campbell.
The Toffees were ahead of the game late in the transfer window as they pushed to sign the Ghanaian international from their end, while the young attacking midfielder did everything he could to make the move from his end at Ajax.
But with the Dutch giants ultimately deciding to hang onto him for more profit in the future Sky Sports pundit Campbell feels that he is going the right way about doing exactly that for them and other teams will have now woken up to his ability after goals in the top club competition.
“The goal he scored against Rangers put an extra few million on top of it,” he said, speaking exclusively to Goodison News.
“That’s what happens. He’s doing it in the Champions League, that’s the thing, at the highest level.
“Everton took a chance to try and sign him. Ajax had sold quite a bit, they didn’t need the money, and they are doing pretty well aren’t they?
“So let’s see how Kudus does moving forward, good young player, very direct, looks skilful and strong.
“But now there’s a lot of other teams who are like, ‘Who’s this lad?’
“A lot of teams are wise to the situation now so if you forward 12 months I think there’ll be a lot of teams in for this youngster.”
Excellent goals against both Rangers and Liverpool have come in a bumper September where Kudus, 22, has scored five times and assisted another in just four games so far this month.
There remains an outside chance that he features in Everton blue in the future considering the lengths he went to this summer specifically because he wanted to move to Goodison, but he is sure to have many more options this time and will carry a far greater fee.
Antony’s €100million move to Manchester United will therefore have contributed both to Kudus being kept in Amsterdam in the window just gone, and likely to increasing the price that Ajax will want to let go of their next young attacking star at the end of the season.