Chelsea are desperate to sign 27-year-old South American defender
The London club feel they might struggle to agree on a deal with Leicester for Ben Chilwell, so Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico has now emerged as an option. Chelsea had agreed on a deal to add Hakim Ziyech from Ajax ahead of next campaign, but that might not be the just business done between the teams this Summer.
The teams have a decent relationship where they can agree on terms on a transfer, and he does seem like he might be good enough for the PL. Although he lacks height, Nicolas makes up for it in aggression. Argentina international is more of a defence-first player in the style of Gabriel Heinze, but that could be perfect for the Blues.
There’s nothing at this point to say anything has been agreed, but it’s clear that Blues consider a new left-back as a main priority. Although it might be hard for the fans to get excited about, a good full back is pivotal to a good club, and there aren’t a lot of them going around.
Blues have a situation at left-back where Marcos Alonso can’t defend, and Emerson doesn’t have the confidence of Frank Lampard, so it’s clear that someone will need to come in this Summer. Blues are therefore expected to pursue Porto left-back Alex Telles, but reports from Italy suggest Nicolas is also under consideration.
Tagliafico is one of several names being studied by the Premier League club, and the Argentine left-back is thought to be the “least expensive” option available to the London club.