Brighton & Hove Albion have reached an agreement in principle with Ajax to sign attacking midfielder Mohammed Kudus.
Subject to the deal being finalised, the fee is in the region of €40million (£34.5m; $44m). That would make it a club-record purchase — surpassing the price paid for Joao Pedro this summer, which was just under £30million.
Ghana international Kudus is close to agreeing personal terms with the Premier League club.
The move has been driven by Brighton head coach Roberto De Zerbi, who views Kudus as a key target.
Chelsea last month made contact with Ajax to express an interest in Kudus, who turned 23 this week.
Kudus is under contract at Ajax until 2025 but rejected a one-year extension in April and is keen to leave the Johan Cruyff Arena.
He has spent three seasons in Amsterdam, scoring 16 goals in 63 Eredivisie matches. He has scored seven goals in 24 appearances for Ghana, including two at the 2022 World Cup in the 3-2 group-stage win over South Korea.