Chelsea turn attention to Ajax star after Leicester target reaches dead end

Date published: Tuesday 24th March 2020 8:26

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Chelsea have identified an Ajax left-back as the ideal candidate to solve their full-back conundrum after the pursuit of Leicester’s Ben Chilwell appears to be going nowhere.

Left-back is proving to be an area of Frank Lampard’s team that could experience radical change in the next transfer window.

Cesar Azpilicueta, Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso have all featured in the position in the current campaign, but the latter duo could both be on the way out this summer.

Emerson has been urged by Italy national team manager Roberto Mancini to ditch Stamford Bridge for a return to Serie A, while Alonso could follow suit, with ex-Blues boss Antonio Conte keen on reuniting with the marauding full-back at Inter Milan.

Rising Foxes left-back Chilwell would appear on paper to be a superb fit, but with four years remaining on his current deal, the financial cost of such a move could put the Blues off.

Now, a report from Italian publication Calciomercato (via ESPN) has revealed that Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico could be a more suitable choice.

The 25-times capped Argentina international has been a standout performer in the current campaign, with his three league goals and four assists from full-back contributing to their slender advantage atop the Eredivisie.

The article states that the 27-year-old is viewed by Chelsea as a ‘suitable replacement or alternative’ to either Emerson or Alonso amid their expected departures.

 

Tagliafico was linked with a winter window switch to the Premier League mere months ago, with Tottenham and Everton two clubs to have registered interest in the €60m-rated star.

Chelsea have already shown they are capable of striking a deal with the Dutch champions after earlier agreeing terms with Morocco forward Hakim Ziyech ahead of a £37m summer switch.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have identified a key West Ham and England midfielder as the perfect candidate to shore up their midfield options.

 

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