LEICESTER have made contact with the agent of Ajax ace Nicolas Tagliafico with Chelsea close to signing Ben Chilwell, according to reports.
The Blues are on the brink of completing their £50million swoop for the Foxes left-back.
The Athletic claims Chilwell has already undergone a medical at the club.
Chelsea doctors have suggested the England ace will be ready to return to action in three weeks, despite missing the end of last season through injury.
Chilwell is claimed to have agreed to personal terms worth £150,000 a week for five years.
And Leicester are planning to immediately reinvest the £50m from Chelsea in Chilwell’s replacement.
Brendan Rodgers and Co are now targeting a move for former Blues target Tagliafico.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano revealed the news on Twitter.
Romano wrote: “Nicolas Tagliafico is one of the options considered by Leicester as new left-back.
“His agent has been contacted by #LCFC after Chelsea expected to complete Chilwell deal on next days (last details between clubs and here-we-go, confirmed).
“Let’s see about the fee… Leicester have not agreed anything yet. He’s an option.”
Ajax are rumoured to be wanting a fee of around £40m for Tagliafico.
Leicester could then reinvest the £10m left over elsewhere in their squad, after fading from the Premier League title race rapidly after Christmas.
However, the Foxes face competition from Napoli and Inter Milan for the 27-year-old Argentine ace.