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Chelsea ‘interested in Ajax left back Nicolas Tagliafico’ as Ben Chilwell pursuit falters

Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Ajax left back Nicolas Tagliafico as Frank Lampard seeks to bolster his defensive options.

With the Blues struggling to reach a deal with Leicester City for Ben Chilwell, with the two clubs some way apart on a transfer fee, Tagliafico has emerged as an alternative.

The Argentina international, 27, scored five goals and supplied five assists for Ajax last season.

And, according to Sky Sports, he could follow Hakim Ziyech in moving from Amsterdam to Stamford Bridge this summer.

Tagliafico, capped 25 times for his country, arrived at Ajax in 2018 from Independiente.

He has since emerged as one of Europe’s most sought-after left backs with his Ajax contract set to expire in 2022.

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have also been linked with the Argentine.  

Sky report that Chelsea made England international Chilwell their No 1 target in that position but Leicester’s original demand for £80million was too high.

Though the Foxes have softened their stance, it remains some way from Chelsea’s valuation hence their search for other options in the position.

Chelsea are also reportedly considering Real Madrid’s Sergio Regulion, who impressed in that position while on loan at Sevilla last season.

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