Chelsea one of two options for €25m star as Barcelona drop out of race

Date published: Thursday 23rd July 2020 7:42

Argentina's defender Nicolas Tagliafico

Chelsea will face competition from just one other team in the race for Nicolas Tagliafico, according to reports.

The Blues are in the market for a new left-back this summer, amid doubts over the futures of Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso. Ben Chilwell appears to be the first choice target.

However, the Leicester star won’t come cheap, with the Foxes potentially asking for more than £60m. Therefore, Ajax’s Tagliafico has been identified as an alternative.

Tagliafico is set to leave Ajax this summer, after two-and-a-half seasons in the Eredivisie. The asking price for the Argentine international could be around €25m.

If Chelsea want to push forward with a deal, they will take comfort in the fact that only one other club will be competing with them.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are unable to sign Tagliafico without making sales first. Therefore, the left-back is set to choose between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid.

The report says offers are already flooding in to Ajax, with Chelsea among those suggested as having made a bid. Ajax may allow Tagliafico to choose his next destination – meaning Chelsea will have to persuade him.

Tagliafico provided five goals and five assists for Ajax in all competitions in 2019-20. His contract expires in 2022, but he has already confirmed he is likely to leave before then.

AGENT CONFIRMS TAGLIAFICO ON THE MOVE

Back in May, Tagliafico’s agent admitted that the left-back would be looking for a new club in the summer.

Ricardo Schlieper said: “We are looking for a transfer for Tagliafico.

“We have agreed with Ajax that he would leave this year. After having spent two and a half seasons at the club, it’s the ideal moment for it.

“I will never mention a name of the club we are speaking with because it hurts the negotiations for us and the player.”

Reports have also linked Arsenal with interest in the player, who was part of Argentina’s last World Cup squad. However, Mundo Deportivo do not mention them as contenders.

 

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